For this fifth edition of Vintage Eye for the Modern Guy, we’re diving deep into what is, undoubtedly, one of the most iconic wristwatches of all time. This single model in the Cheap Rolex Replica repertoire has in its 60 years become a classic not only within the horological community, but within many communities, and is regarded as a globally recognized symbol, synonymous with both luxury wristwatches and success. Yes, we’re talking about you, Rolex Day-Date.
In 1956, the Rolex Ref. 6511, the grandfather of this dynastic line, was born. It was the first wristwatch to feature the day of the week in its full text alongside the date. Even more significantly, it has since been worn by United States Presidents, captains of industry, and many other leaders — Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King, and Warren Buffet, to name just a few. The Day-Date has become the unofficial watch of “greener grass”—a piece that everyone, somewhere deep down, seems to want. The Day-Date is the watch that crowned Rolex “king,” and has always been, unapologetically, right in your face.There are two references that best explain the history of the Replica Watches Day-Date. The first is, well, the first: the Ref. 6511 was cased by Brevet in either yellow or rose gold, it exclusively featured a red date wheel with matching red “DAY-DATE” text, and used either dauphine or alpha hands. The design was completed by a jubilee bracelet, adding even more heft that first helped garner it attention. The movement, Caliber 1055, was powered by an automatic rotor, the crystal was made of period-appropriate acrylic, and the caseback was solid. Best Fake Rolex was, although luxurious, well detailed— a watch worth more than its weight in gold.
The second, and possibly more quintessential, reference that should be mentioned is the classically garish Cheap Rolex Replica that solidified the watch’s place as an icon: Ref. 1803. It was cased in 18k yellow, white, or rose gold, and it certainly caught the attention of many aspiring, hardworking, stock-tip-chasing Americans. Its dial was less intricately detailed than that of Ref. 6511, but instead focused more aggressively on other facets, from the bracelet to bezel. While mentioning the bracelet, we should point out that this was the model that first introduced the now-famous “Presidential” design. All of these elements — the case, bracelet, and finishing — helped this reference, produced from 1960-1978 and then again well into the 1990s, conquer the market for watches with dates. This was the essence of the Rolex Day-Date, and quite possibly the most recognizable model ever produced.To get a bit more critical, the movement powering the standard 36-mm Rolex Day-Date, Caliber 3155, has been practically untouched since 1988; it wouldn’t be unfair for an audience to desire more development over a nearly 30-year period from a product with a $20,000 price tag. The proportions and details have remained largely unchanged from those of Ref. 1803, apart from an assortment of various, sometimes-tacky dials, from a tile-patterned ‘ROLEX’ print, to a diamond-paved racing green. To me, the Replica Watches Day-Date currently in production that most appropriately respects its heritage, and is still able to move the design forward. This 36-mm model — with a white gold case, blue exotic leather strap, and matching deep blue sunburst dial — maintains classic styling, more reminiscent (in a conservative and design-focused way) of the original ref. 6511. Its modest case size isn’t beefed up by a massive metal bracelet, and it might just be able to go unnoticed beneath a fine cuff, unlike a peeking 18k yellow-gold statement. My one desire would be something of a historical nod to the 6511, possibly with another aesthetic addition like a red date wheel and matching “DAY-DATE” text.
Its details are large, the metals are precious, and the price tags are relatively huge. Although the modern models communicate a similar air of affluence and power as they did in the past, the horological success and acknowledgment of this specific series has mostly diminished. The Rolex Day-Date is no longer the pop culture icon and singular indicator of wealth as it once was; today, just within the Rolex family, there is an array of over-the-top wristwatches available, such as the Yachtmaster II, Datejust, Submariner, GMT-Master II, and Daytona. Without even adding 46-mm Breitlings, carbon-fiber Hublots, or solid gold Panerais into the mix, the Cheap Rolex Day-Date Replica Day-Date’s spotlight seems to have often been stolen by own its brothers. What was once the single poster board for affluence is now one of dozens of options. But, in the end, who doesn’t like choices?