Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date watches from white gold or yellow gold. The bezel is available either with fluted or cambered.

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date was the first watch in the 1950s to display the weekday as well as the date. It is regarded as the classic of Rolex and still graces many famous and statesmanlike wrists.

“Happy Birthday, Mr. President” once honored Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe in the honor of President John F. Kennedy – a scene which is still unforgettable today, thanks also to the film recordings. Less well known is that on this May 29, 1962, the blonde gave Kennedy a gold watch – a Rolex Day-Date with the engraving on the back of the case “Jack with love as always from Marilyn 29th May”.

Marilyn Monroe Gave John F. Kennedy a Day Date

It was not only Marilyn Monroe, who was obviously convinced by the elegance of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date, including Martin Luther King, Ronald Reagan, Russel Crowe, Bono from U2 and Eddie Murphy, who wear the wristwatch launched in Basel in 1956; For many men, the timepiece is at the top of the “dream watch list”. But what makes this watch so popular?

Display of Date and Day of the Week

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date fascinates with its classic, clear design. On the dial is the date window at three o’clock, at twelve o’clock the day window, which is curved parallel to the enclosure, is the name given to the clock and in the 1950s was a novelty in the High Clocks. The weekdays displayed in the window are displayed, for example in English, German or Chinese, as well as many other world languages. The in dices on the dial of the Rolex Day-Date consist either of Roman numerals, golden strokes or embedded diamonds, some particularly ornate models are decorated with rubies. However, gemstone decorations rob the simplicity and business suitability of the timepiece. The Day-Date does not offer auxiliary dials for other time zones or lunar phases, the dial works in a tidy and quiet manner. The metal or leather strap is harmoniously integrated into the case.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date – Available Only in Gold or Platinum

In addition to the design, it is the materials and the “inner values” that make the day-date special. For example, in contrast to the Rolex models Datejust or Airking, it is only available in 18 karat gold or platinum 950, stainless steel versions are not produced. The Oyster housing, 36 millimeters in diameter, is waterproof up to 100 meters. Rolex Day-Date’s characteristic ribbed case back is hermetically screwed by Geneva watchmakers.

Waterproof Watch Classic

In the Day-Date, a clockwork movement with the Rolex developed and manufactured caliber 3155 and with automatic self-winding mechanism with day and month calendar disk. A blue Parachrom-Breguet spiral serves as an oscillator, thus almost as a clock of the Day-Date. It has the advantage over the springs, which are usually made of steel, that they are not influenced by magnetic fields and can withstand up to ten times more vibrations, which should ensure a higher precision of the time.

Presidential or Oyster Bracelet

The day-date that Marilyn Monroe gave John F.Kennedy and a watch classic for men was fully equipped with gold with a golden dial, golden, dot-shaped in dices as well as a fluted bezel, a still popular day date variant. For the Day-Date 1956 was developed its own bracelet, which is today known as “presidential bracelet” – not because of the “Kennedy Rolex”, but because Dwight E. Eisenhower to his reelection a Rolex with the three-row Day date bracelet. Today the Oyster Armand, which is made of somewhat larger limbs, can also be chosen.

The Rolex Day-Date is a Good Asset

Optically more reserved than the yellow gold versions are those of white gold or platinum. With a simple, black or white dial without diamonds ornaments, the Day-Date looks more simple and sporty and suitable for many occasions. It is also considered a good financial investment: “Value increases are likely especially in watches without a ‘time stamp’, such as the Day Date, for example, the clock expert Günter Eichberger from the Viennese auction house Dorotheum in Die Press newspaper.

Classic design, value, the price from around 20,000 euros as well as the popularity among celebrities creates desires. And so the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date is considered to be the world’s most copied watch – certainly not the Geneva Manufactory certainly, but as it is so beautiful: imitation is probably the greatest compliment.