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Vintage Watch of the Week: Rolex Day-Date 6611

April 23, 2018

BY Paul Altieri


The Rolex President has become the brand’s most prestigious dress watch since its inception over six decades ago. Today we explore a vintage version of the Rolex President, the Day-Date ref. 6611. Discover four quick facts about the ref. 6611 that you may not have known.

Day-Date 6611

The Day-Date 6611 is a watch with historical significance.

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The Day-Date 6611 was the Second Generation of the Rolex President

Rolex officially introduced the Day-Date in 1956. The inaugural model was the ref. 6511 and it was the first waterproof watch to famously indicate both the date at 3 o’clock and the full day of the week at 12 o’clock. However, the model apparently suffered from some technical mishaps and Rolex quickly replaced the 6511 with the Day-Date ref. 6611 about a year later.

Day-Date 6611

This reference has both the COSC with a Day and Date function.

The First Rolex to Include SCOC on the Dial

The new model ref. 6611 was fitted with an improved COSC-certified Caliber 1055 housing a new balance wheel. The automatic day and date movement includes 25 jewels and a frequency rate of 18,000 beats per hour.

Due to the mechanical improvements, the text on the dial graduated from “Officially Certified Chronometer” to “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.” This makes the President ref. 6611 the first Rolex to include the now-famous SCOC label on the dial—a detail that can be found on the majority of Rolex watches today.

Also new to the dial of the ref. 6611 were the Alpha-style hands rather than the preceding Dauphine-style hands. This particular model of the vintage Day-Date 6611 includes a beautiful pie pan style dial, named so for its resemblance to the sloping of an upside down pie pan. The champagne color of the dial complements the gold shade of the watch perfectly.

Day-Date 6611

A Pie-Pan Dial is a dial where the outer edge slightly descends.

This President was made in Three Shades of Gold

This early model of the Rolex President was offered in yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold.

This particular Day-Date President ref. 6611 is a yellow gold version with the signature 36mm Oyster case and fluted bezel. Furthermore, the watch is outfitted with a yellow gold President bracelet characterized by the semi-circular links. This version of the President bracelet is distinct however for its “bark” accents. The center links include a special type of texture that resembles the bark of a tree trunk.

Day-Date 6611

What are your thoughts on the Day-Date 6611? Comment below.

The Only in Production for a Short Period of Time

The Rolex Day-Date ref. 6611 was only made until 1959/1960, when it was eventually replaced by the ref. 1800 series. This specific model’s serial number dates it to about 1959/1960, meaning that it was one of the last reference 6611 models to come out of the Rolex factory.

An impressive vintage Rolex watch that is an important part of the brand’s history, the Day-Date ref. 6611 is a fantastic addition to any watch collection.

What do you think about this vintage Day-Date? Do you like the pie-pan dial, alpha hands, and bark style bracelet? Leave us your thoughts below.




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