Rolex Day-Date Bark Bezel

Rolex Day-Date Bark Bezel

Why We Love It 

A special finish on a watch case is a great way to make it distinctive and unique. In the olden days, it was a sign of the craftsman’s skill and expertise, as it had to be done by hand. Although nowadays machines have largely replaced hand tools, putting a unique finish on a watch carries a level of prestige.

This Reference 1807 was produced circa 1974 and is a knockout, a prince among Day-Dates! It features a “bark,” finish bezel, known as such due to its similarity to, well, the bark of a tree. Produced in solid 18k yellow gold with a champagne pie-pan dial with richly patinated luminous material and paired up with a solid link Jubilee bracelet, this beautiful piece stands out in a crowd to say the least!

The Day-Date Story

When you’ve got a good thing going, sometimes you just know.

Such is the case with the Rolex Day-Date. At the time of the Day-Date’s release in 1956, it was Rolex’s most complicated wristwatch: all previous attempts had failed to resonate with consumers.

But as soon as Rolex secured the patent in July of 1955, production of the Day-Date was rushed for a debut at the Basel Fair the following spring.

Although early Day-Dates were plagued by technical problems resulting from the complexity of the automatic movement with dual calendar function, those were soon resolved. After President Eisenhower sported one (a gift from the manufacture), its success was secured. The watch came to be known as the “President,” (due to the fact that several U.S. presidents since Eisenhower have worn one), and it certainly lives up to its dignified nickname.

For a brand that has built its reputation on its sports watches, it's perhaps unsurprising that the Rolex Day-Date is amongst the brand's best-sellers. True, the brand has always produced dress watches, but while the brand's more overt dress watch, the Cellini, often seems out of place among the brand's Oyster-cased offerings, the Day-Date is sturdy, solid, and at home alongside the Submariners and GMTs that make up the Oyster Perpetual collection.

Rolex has approached continual development of model as they do every other, making quiet improvements over the following decades, ensuring the Day-Date is worthy as the centerpiece of Rolex's Oyster line as horological technology evolves.

Whether a simple 36mm yellow gold piece or a Day-Date II 41mm Day-Date in platinum with a gem set dial, the Day-Date is internationally recognized as time timepiece of success and leadership, and of great taste.


SKU: AS03721

18k Yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic winding calendar movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 1807. Circa 1974.

Overall Condition: The case is in very good condition overall showing light prior polish and normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous champagne sunburst dial is in outstanding condition with alightly patinated indices and matching handset. Signed crown. Bark finished bezel. English language calendar.

Includes solid link 18K Jubilee bracelet with signed blade clasp.

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