The Rolex Day-Date is a watch with an impressive legacy. Many people refer to it as Rolex „President” or „Presidential”. This noble title has been built throughout the years due to its association with many of the US Presidents who have chosen to wear this magnificent timepiece on their wrist. There is no question that the Day-Date is the absolute Rolex watch, a symbol of wealth and power. It is one of the most desired timepieces of all time and certainly the most recognizable one.
The remarkable detail meant to honor its name is that the Day-Date only comes in gold and platinum. Rolex has never made this watch out of stainless steel. Consequently, the price is higher than what most people could afford. So what is the actual price of a Rolex Day-Date? Well, it is $25,000-$30,000. Yes, I know. It is pretty expensive, but the only reason for this is the exclusive use of gold and platinum. It would cost a lot less if Rolex would make it from stainless steel. This truly luxurious watch can be worn only occasionally and at special events. It is a beautiful and elegant design, but it is seen as a watch suited for a middle-aged man. This is because it is quite opulent and obviously a classic dress-watch. You definitely cannot wear a Rolex Day-Date at the office. Plus, just a few young people could afford such an expensive timepiece without making enormous financial sacrifices. However, collectors and watch enthusiasts around the world see the Day-Date as an iconic timepiece, a symbol of distinction.
I have decided to select a Rolex Day-Date replica with silver dial, diamond markers and fluted bezel and compare it to the original watch. Let’s see what differences we manage to find. First, as mentioned earlier the original one is available only in gold or platinum while this replica is made from solid 440 stainless steel. Indeed, the craftsmanship is flawless and it has a beautiful finish, but to an expert the use of stainless steel will be the clear proof that we are dealing with an imitation and not with the authentic Rolex. On the other hand, the silver fluted bezel is correctly cloned and has a unique shinning effect. It tends to sparkle like diamonds once it is touched by the palest ray of light.
The Rolex Day-Date has a 36 mm case diameter and the dial has changed very little since it was initially launched, in 1956. This makes it a watch pretty easy to reproduce. Replica watch companies had decades for perfecting their imitating performances for this particular model. Now, getting back to our comparison, this Day-Date knockoff has the correct 36 mm case size and the dial seems to be also copied perfectly. The markings on the watch face are accurate, the diamond makers have a clear shine, the hands and gradations are made correctly, the crystal is sapphire and it has the Rolex word engraved all around the inside of the dial. What I notice as being different is the Cyclops lens which should be round shaped and not oval as on this replica.
Not many people know this, but Rolex has made a special type of bracelet for the Day-Date. It is called the President bracelet and it will never be on a genuine Rolex watch that isn’t a Day-Date. The President band is extremely elegant with its thinner and delicate links, brushed on the outer part and polished at the inner part. The clasp is very well hidden. It looks just like a regular link, except it has the little Rolex crown logo applied over it. To open it, simply pull downward on the crown. I must admit, that the replica has a very authentic looking band. It has all the markings and basic aesthetic particularities of the original Day-Date. Also, by being made out of solid stainless steel it feels very heavy and robust, just like any real Rolex band should feel.
After a very close inspection, I have to admit that this Rolex Day-Date clone is a very well made replica. Indeed, it is not crafted from real gold and the magnifying lens has a slightly different shape, but unless you have $25,000-$30,000 to spare I would definitely recommend buying one instead of the original watch.
Last modified: November 17, 2013