In the 1970's (years ahead of its time), Rolex introduced a range of colorful options to the Day-Date series in very limited quantities. Known as the "Stella Dials", they were named after the lacquer supplier that Rolex used for these dials. There are rumors that the colors were reflective of the flags of certain middle-eastern countries, but this has never been confirmed. Now extremely desired by collectors, the dials initially proved unpopular and many were changed out for ones in the more common champagne color.
A legendary timepiece with an unrivaled history, the Rolex Day-Date has earned its place as "The Ultimate Watch of Prestige" from its decades on the wrists of the world's most influential people. Released in 1956, the Day-Date quickly became synonymous with luxury, prestige, and exclusivity thanks to being the watch of choice for the world's athletes, visionaries, and world leaders alike. Only ever constructed of precious metals, the Day-Date's aesthetic is that of sheer elegance and grace. Aside from the beautiful array of dial options that have been available over the decades, the Day-Date's most iconic piece of design is its three-piece "Presidential" or "President" bracelet. Forming the bedrock of its construction, the Presidential bracelet has become synonymous with Rolex's flagship collection and their desire to create the very best and most iconic watches that the world has ever seen. With its timeless style and inescapable impact on horology, the Day-Date stands as a vivid reminder of just how successful they have been in realizing that very mission.
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Est. value range
$30,000 – $40,000
The overall condition of the watch is fantastic. The green Stella dial has no crazing, marks or blemishes. Luminous dots are pristine and match the hands in tone. Case has light surface wear and some small scratches, as shown. Lugs are thick and appear to still have original factory finish. The bezel is still sharp and has light oxidation along the edge. Bracelet is tight and shows little to no stretch. The coronet on the clasp is also sharp and well defined.
I have always had an affinity for Day-Dates, and amongst my favorites are the Stella dials. One cannot think of another watch in the Rolex lineup that is both whimsical and elegant simultaneously. A testament to their popularity was the surprise release of the colored Oyster Perpetual dials by Rolex last fall. This is an excellent opportunity to obtain an example that is in mint condition.