Why it’s cool: The perfect replica Rolex Day-Date ref.1803 has been a classic since it debuted in 1956. It was the ultimate dress watch, loved by power brokers including Presidents Johnson and Kennedy, which is how it got its nickname (the President). It’s characterized by its roll-linked bracelet, day at 12 o’clock, and date at 3 o’clock. My favorite reference is the well-balanced 1803 from the 1960s, with a pie pan dial and stick indexes.
The only thing to note about the Rolex ref.1803 fake with gold case is it’s a non-quick-set date, which takes FOREVER to set if you aren’t wearing it every day. There are three ways to get past this, including an excellently lazy solution, which is to wait an entire month to wear it after it’s stopped, so you can pick it up where you left off. Alternatively, set the day and date between ten and two o’clock. Or just buy a newer reference with a quick-set date, for instance, the 18238 launched in 1988. With the later references like the 18078, you get stuff like bark-finishes which are niche but very cool.
Why it’s expensive: It’s Rolex, duh. And a timeless model that holds its value especially well. Day-Dates are only made in precious metals – white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, or platinum. (There are a couple of vintage steel versions floating around, but they are impossible to find and impossibly expensive.) All of which justifies prices varying from $9,000 to $14,000 depending on condition for vintage Day-Dates. If you’re talking modern, you’re going to be up there in the $33,000-plus range. But for all its pedigree, the high-end fake Rolex Day-Date has some caveats.
Look for a bracelet that’s original and that has enough links to fit (because once the older bracelets are shortened, they’re shortened for good). And be sure yours isn’t stretched out like an old sock, which is a tragic thing that can happen. On the bright side, Day-Dates are easier to find than a lot of Swiss movement clone Rolex models – we often carry vintage models in our Shop (sometimes with the days en español), and so does our new partner Crown & Caliber.
In December 2017, the Washington Wizards were eating breakfast in a hotel ballroom before a road game. John Wall, then the team’s star point guard, entered the room with 15 green boxes in hand, each containing a perfect fake Rolex Day-Date. He proceeded to give one to every member of the team as a holiday present – the ultimate leadership flex for a franchise player.
For many of his teammates, most of whom weren’t stars, it was their first truly nice watch. Which makes a certain sense, because the Swiss movement replica Rolex Day-Date has become the unofficial starter watch for many NBA players. It almost feels wrong to call the Day-Date a “starter,” but we’re talking about the NBA, where Audemars Piguet, Hublot, and Richard Mille abound. In a world where players can wear just about anything they like, it’s worth noting that this particular watch is all over the league, on the arms of benchwarmers and All-Stars alike. With the NBA season tipping off tonight, let’s dig deeper into this seldom-discussed Rolex fascination. The aaa quality Rolex Day-Date copy launched in 1956, and gained its nickname as the “President” because it adorned the wrists of many U.S. Presidents. It’s always made of a precious metal and is the de-facto watch of success. Whether you’re President of the United States or a master of the hardwood, the Day-Date carries the same meaning: You’ve made it. Getting to the NBA is “making it.” Only one percent of collegiate basketball players ever play in the pros, and the draft itself is limited to just 60 selections. Over time, many players have chosen to mark their ascendance to “The League” with this watch. Pay close attention the next time you watch an NBA tunnel walk. This is where players – such as zf factory Rolex replica watch wearers Russell Westbrook and Damian “Dame Time” Lillard – show off their style on the way to the locker room. Very often, you’ll spot the iconic President bracelet on players’ wrists. So why does a 64-year-old watch design appeal to NBA players? Well, as with most things basketball, we can look to Michael Jordan. He’s been known to wear a platinum Day-Date – a case material worthy of a six-time, never-lost-in-the-finals champion. He made Nike cool, so it stands to reason he’d do the same for Rolex in the NBA. (He’s also been spotted wearing other truly incredible watches over the years, from an original Lange Datograph to pieces by Urwerk.) Modern NBA players have taken a page from Jordan’s book, treating the Day-Date as a stepping stone into the larger horological world. Kevin Love, power forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, once said in an interview that looking at his luxury clone Rolex Day-Date is “a reminder that I don’t have a Paul Newman Daytona.” For NBA players, this is the gateway watch.
The original first-generation dials (Type 1) are characterized by the typical “pie-pan” dial design which was common for most other Day-Date dials of this period. The minute track slopes down like an upside-down ‘pie-pan’. The glossy look of the Type 1 (and also the Type 2 dials) is further enhanced by the Plexiglas “Cy-clope 136” crystal that Rolex fitted at the time.
Following the Type 1 dials of early 1970s (please take note that there is an overlapping period of all the dials and no clear cut off point) one can find the Type 2 dial, which doesn’t have the “pie-pan” design but is still marked T Swiss T. On these watches you’ll find different text colors (not only black lettering as seen on the Type 1 dial). They used gold lettering for yellow gold models and silver text for white metal watches.
The Type 3 dial marked “T Swiss Made T” with a flat dial design one can find predominantly in the single quick set Ref. 180xx of the later 1970s and early 1980.
The “final” evolution Type 4 dial was manufactured until the end of the 1980s and featured a Roman Nu-meral outer ring. Interestingly we can find several watches with Stella dials until the late 1990s. Most are fitted in platinum Day-Dates. Whether these last dials were left over spare dials owned by certain dealers or a late series by Rolex, remains unclear.
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