Then & Now: The Rolex Day-Date President
Originally presented in 1956 as the new leader watch in the Rolex setup, the Day-Date is one of Rolex’s generally notorious and right away conspicuous plans. Just at any point produced in either 18-karat gold or 950 platinum, the Rolex Day-Date exemplifies eminence and eliteness, and was the primary watch to all the while show both the date and the day of the week (explained in full), through windows in the outside of the dial. Today we will examine the contrasts between reference 6611 and the fresher day-date: the reference 228238.
The Rolex Day-Date gets its “President” epithet from its basic yet particular wristband, which is the absolute most characterizing normal for its notable, by and large appearance. US President, Dwight D. Eisenhower regularly wore a gold Rolex watch while in office, which because of its all-gold appearance, was commonly confused with a Day-Date. As a general rule, Eisenhower wore an all-gold Datejust; be that as it may, the “President” name stayed with Rolex’s Day-Date line and has since become the authority name for Rolex’s semi-roundabout, three-connect wristband, just as a universally utilized moniker for the whole watch itself.
The 36mm yellow gold Rolex Day-Date President is an industry classic.
Then: The Reference 6611
The reference 6611 Day-Date was presented in 1957 and was really the second emphasis of the Day-Date that Rolex delivered. The absolute first Day-Date was the reference 6511; anyway only one year after it made its introduction, Rolex supplanted it with the reference 6611. Creation of the reference 6611 kept going a couple of years, and by 1959, it had been supplanted by the third era Day-Date watches with the 1800-arrangement. All things considered, 36 mm in measurement and close to indistinguishable from its archetype, reference 6611 was based around Rolex’s type 1055 development, which included a free-sprung balance and was fundamentally more exact and dependable than the development in the reference 6511.
Although the type 1055 development didn’t consider hacking or hand winding, it was a critical overhaul for the Day-Date line of watches. Because of the astoundingly precise consequences of the type 1055 development during its underlying chronometer-tests, the reference 6611 procured the “Standout Chronometer Officially Certified” assignment and was the main Rolex watch to at any point have this now-notorious content imprinted on its dial. Furthermore, to accompany the overhauled development, the reference 6611 was the principal Day-Date to at any point be accessible with its now-famous President wristband.
Now: The Reference 228238
Today the Rolex Day-Date is accessible in two distinctive case sizes and with various diverse dial, metal, bezel, and wristband combinations. Notwithstanding the developing number of choices, the Day-Date is still solely create from either 18k gold or platinum; no tempered steel or Rolesor (two-tone) alternatives exist. The exemplary 36 mm Day-Date – a sweet spot for some wrists – is as yet produced; nonetheless, a bigger rendition with a 40 mm case measurement was added to the Day-Date arrangement in 2015 to take into account the individuals who had been needing a marginally bigger variant of the exemplary Rolex leader watch.
The Rolex Day-Date 228238 is like the reference 6611
Although the new, 40 mm Day-Date exists in various distinctive reference numbers and arrangements, the reference 228238, with its fluted bezel, President arm band, and altogether yellow gold development, bears the nearest similarity to the first Day-Date watch from the 1950s. Anyway the new, 40 mm form of the Day-Date is based around Rolex’s best in class, type 3255 development, which brags all their best in class advancements, for example, a blue Parachrom hairspring, a high-limit barrel, a productively streamlined stuff train, and recently updated “Chronergy” escapement.
Throughout the years, a gold Rolex watch has filled in as a globally perceived image of accomplishment and individual accomplishment, and no watch preferred encapsulates this title over the exemplary Rolex Day-Date on its particular President arm band. Notwithstanding various updates and redesigns that occurred throughout the span of a few ages, the general tasteful of the Day-Date has remained surprisingly reliable and to a great extent unaltered for well over 50 years. The work of art, yellow gold Day-Date is one of the world’s generally notorious and broadly imitated plans, and it has developed to become a genuine foundation offering for the whole extravagance watch industry.
Platinum Rolex Day-Date watches have smooth bezels