The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is one of the most recognizable and important watches from Rolex. The 36mm yellow gold version we have on offer here has reference 118238 and is in like new condition. It comes as a very full set with the original big day date box, papers, booklets, receipt and much more, a real collectors set. It has the iconic president bracelet with concealed logo clasp. The original champagne colored dial with applied 18k yellow gold hour markers filled with luminova is in perfect condition. The time is indicated by the beautiful classic style thin hands, period correct for this watch. The watch was produced by Rolex in 2000. The 36mm gold Oyster-case and President-bracelet with concealed clasp are in perfect condition, the bracelet has no stretch. The fluted bezel is in perfect condition and keeps the scratch resistant sapphire crystal in place. All hallmarks, the reference and serial number are clearly visible and crisp. There's some minor signs of bracelet removals on the backside of the lugs. The watch is unpolished and in like new condition with some nice patina. Inside the Oyster case we find Rolex’s caliber 3155 automatic movement. The movement is functioning perfect and was fully checked by our watchmaker. The mechanism, beating at a rate of 28,800 A/h is Rolex’s seventh generation Day-Date movement, featuring a highly-practical, double-quick-set date and day function. The day is indicated in English. The watch comes with 1 year warranty from us.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Originally introduced in 1956, as the reference 6510 and 6511, the highly-successful Rolex Day-Date was designed as a luxury sports-watch, manufactured exclusively in precious metals. Perhaps one of the most famous of a breed of dress-watches from the late 1950s and early 60s, the Day-Date, is simple and clean in design, with excellent resistance to both shock and moisture. Colloquially referred to as the “President”, the Rolex Day-Date earned the nickname in a typically genius marketing move by the brand - reportedly gifting a Day-Date watch to then President of the United States, Dwight Eisenhower. The brand claimed in its marketing materials of the time that “Men who guide the history of the world, wear Rolex watches” and neither the Day-Date’s ageless elegance, prestige, nor high value, have faded since. The “President” name is often associated with a particular style bracelet, accompanying many Rolex Day-Date watches.