Monaco Legend Group has a number of exquisite Rolex Day-Date I in its upcoming Spring Exclusive Timepieces auction on the 22nd and 23rd April 2023 in Monaco
Rolex unveiled the Day-Date in 1956 during Baselworld Exhibition. The new Oyster-cased watch built on Rolex’s groundbreaking Datejust technology with the addition of a day window, that was placed proudly at the top of the dial. The Day-Date was Rolex’s most prestigious watch and was, therefore, manufactured exclusively in gold and platinum. A watch that cost almost ten times the price of a steel sports watch, the Day-Date deserved its nickname, “The President”.
Dial D for Diamonds
Many features of collectible Rolex watches were first seen on Day-Dates, such as the full pave dial. Rolex takes gem-setting very seriously and all the diamonds used, even the tiniest for full pave dials, must include zero inclusions when checked at 10x magnification. Each stone is checked by eye and compared with master stones to ensure only the finest examples make it onto watches. The cut used for pave dials is known as the 8/8 cut, which has a total of 17 facets. It is this attention to detail that elevates these watches above other brands.
It was also in these watches that Rolex began offering one of its most iconic dials, the Stella. The dials were available in a kaleidoscope of bright colours, created by building up layers of lacquer to give a high-gloss finish. Other special Day-Date dials were made in stone, the manufacturing of which is incredibly demanding. Making dials from hard stone is difficult as the final piece required is both incredibly thin and delicate. One of the most appealing and collectible aspects of stone dials is, however, is that each one is unique.