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Rolex - 1803 - Day-Date - President - Mens

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Rolex - 1803 - Day-Date - President - Mens

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Name 1803
Family Day-Date
Subtype President
Gender Mens
Movement Rolex 1555 (Details)
Case Diameter (mm) 36
Mechanism Automatic
Chronometer Yes
Hacking No
Date Function No
Quickset No
Chronograph No
Power Reserve (Hours) 42
Frequency (bph) 18,000
Jewel Count 25
Shape Round
Band Replaceable Yes

The 1555 is a variant of the 1530 with the added utility necessary to drive the second calendar display. Although the new caliber had the same diameter as the rest of the 1500 series at 28.5mm, it was the thickest out of the entire range, measuring 7.03mm top to bottom. The 18,000 VPH frequency gave the Day-Date a five ticks per second beat, not quite the smooth sweep of later models, but still highly accurate and steadfastly reliable.

Rated as a 25-jewel movement, it actually contained an additional three or four jewels in the calendar mechanism that, while not the handy Quickset version that made its debut in the seventies, benefitted from the instantaneous midnight date change system still used by Rolex today.

In common with its sibling calibers, the 1555 shared the same setup of free-sprung Nivarox hairspring with Breguet overcoil and a balance wheel regulated by Rolex’s patented Microstella screws. Protected by KIF Flector shock absorbers, it used a traditional stone lever escapement and had a power reserve of 42 hours.

Family Notes: The Rolex Day-Date was introduced in 1956. It soon became known as the "Rolex President". It was unofficially renamed after President Eisenhower became associated with this model watch. This association was made as the watch was known to have been worn by LBJ and shared a scandalous connection to JFK. Since then it has earned the vote of a diverse array of potentates, including Warren Buffett, Jay Z, and (fictional character) Tony Soprano. In 1977, Rolex started using the new (at the time) 3055 movement for the Day-Date/President line. As of 2018, the Day-Date 40 uses the 3255 movement.

Item created by: gdm on 2019-06-16 10:34:56

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