Rolex Day-Date

Rolex Day-Date

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.

From “honeycomb” or “waffle” dials to a Florentine pattern on the cases, Rolex has employed a variety of special finishes throughout the years. Found mostly on dress watches like the Datejust or the Day-Date, they bring an extra element of depth to each piece. Make no mistake, there’s something quite visually arresting about it.

The Reference 1807 was introduced in the 1950s, and right from the start it was a standout, a prince among Day-Dates.

It features a type of finish referred to “bark,” due to its similarity to, well, the bark of a tree. Similar to the cross-hatch Florentine pattern, “bark” finish is added to the bezel and the center inks of the President bracelet (not offered here) by machine. First introduced in the 1950s and used until the 1980s, it gives the precious metal (in this instance yellow gold) a rustic look and feel that still resonates with today’s collector.

For a watch known as the “President,” due to the fact that several U.S. presidents have worn it, it certainly lives up to its dignified nickname. In warm yellow gold, it resonates with style. Elegant and sophisticated, it remains a classic worthy of its reputation.


SKU: AS02558

18k yellow gold case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Reference 1807. Circa 1969/1970

Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall with minor signs of use and wear in keeping with age. Dial is in very good condition. Rolex crown. Case back is in very good condition with deep hallmarks.

Includes one 20mm brown leather strap.

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