1964 Rolex Day Date Morellis Finish Ref. 1811
Momentum by AIX Tempora, Ltd.
ICD Brookfield Place, Al Mustaqbal St, DIFC, POBox 506645
United Arab Emirates
|Morellis Finish - A reference 1811 might as well be described as a piece of art. Let us elaborate. This reference belongs to the family of the hand- decorated Day Dates such as 1806 (Florentine), 1807 (Bark) and the elusive 1810 (Wave). The production for these models started somewhere in the 1960s but didn't end in the same period. White the 1806, 1807 and 1811 were discontinued in the four digit plexi era, the Bark finish still continued for another two generations. Let us go back to where we started. The 1811 is defined by the 'Morellis' or 'Moiré' finish, a specialized technique that involves a meticulous hand-engraving process. Craftsmen skillfully etch intricate patterns in the form of fine dots on the bezel and bracelet center links. The fact that each watch has hand-engraved decorations, makes each example a unique piece. Given the fine patterns on the case the engravings are delicate and fade with wear and polishing. Naturally first the bracelet links fade as there is more friction from clothing hence the number of well preserved examples with intact bracelets is very very small. We have here a mint example from 1964 with matching bracelet. The Moiré finish is still well preserved and crisp on both, bezel and bracelet. The Silver dial with Baton indexes is equally in excellent condition and retains original Tritium dots and matching hands. This watch is a truly rare find and a feast for collectors of rare four digit Day Dates|
|Model||Day Date Morellis Finish|
|Case||Excellent 18K case that is only showing light wear from age. The bezel is hand decorated with the so-called Moire or Morellis finish that resembles the look of rolled Silk. The lugs are healthy with strong and even proportions. Case numbers are fully intact|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent matching President bracelet that doesn't show much stretch from age. The center links are equally hand decorated with the Morellis finish which is still very prominent.|
|Dial||Excellent Silver Suburst dial with perfectly retained lumes which have aged to a light brown color. The hands are original and matching|
Arguably one of the most iconic watches ever made, the Day-Date aka the Rolex President was introduced in 1956 and was the first to feature both the day and date in dedicated windows on the dial.
The Day-Date is the top model in the Rolex line-up and comes in an array of configurations with rare and special dials and case decorations. It has only ever been made in precious metals with Automatic movements and historically with an elegant diameter of 36mm - the perfect size for an iconic dress watch.