When you consider how many watches your money can buy, the price of some best replica Rolex presidential watches may surprise you. The day is still considered Rolex’s flagship product, and it is considered the ultimate status symbol, made entirely of precious metals and with more than 60 years of history behind it.
Add all that together, and by rights, every example of this geogeous grand old statesman should be out of reach to all but the ultra-wealthy. However, in fact, you can easily find certain iterations commanding the sort of prices that brings them well-within reach of a pretty wider audience. Below we take a look at which of those Rolex Presidential references offers the best value.
Rolex doesn’t really do radical upheavals. Once they have settled on a look, it stays settled on. The internal engineering of the movements may get upgraded and refined on a semi regular basis, but the aesthetic changes to a watch from generation to generation is minimal to say the least.
This means that a brand new work in the contemporary catalogue can still be easily identified from the same design book decades ago. It is especially true for the Day-Date; stand up a current example next to one from the 1970s, and you will see nothing but a subtle evolution has taken place.
However, that is until you start comparing price tags. Entry into the current-production Rolex Presidential family will cost you a lot. If you decide you want to go the vintage or discontinued route, it can cost less than a third of that.
Take a view at classic models of the fake Rolex Day-Date and you will find the most accessible belong to the reference 18XX series, and the ref. 1803 specifically. Launched in 1959 and staying in production right up until 1977, it was the third version of the watch, the first two being released in quick succession after the range’s debut in 1956.
Measuring 36mm in diameter and forged from 18k white, red, or yellow gold, the ref. 1803 was fitted with a fluted bezel and was firstly driven by the Cal. 1555. In 1967, the movement changed to the Cal. 1556, facially identical but beating at a higher frequency 19,800vph over the earlier 18,000vph. A hacker feature was added in 1972 that made it easier to set the time by stopping the second hand when the crown was pulled out.