The fake Rolex Day-Date, released in 1956, has been the archetypal dress watch from the archetypal watchmaker for generations now. Manufactured only in the very finest of materials and subject to an almost constant succession of updates in technology and micro-engineering over the years, it has long been the backbone of the brand's prodigious output; one of the most motivational timepieces ever provided. However, it is quite a serious replica watch. Nothing about the Rolex Day-Date suggests the wearer might be up for a spot of lighthearted fun at any moment. With its sober, conservative face and the formality at the heart of its design, it has the weighty air of solemnity about it. Even the unofficial nickname of The President is inescapably business-like. The overall effect was similar to the psychedelic paint job on John Lennon's Rolls Royce; a watch as traditional and old-school as a Brooklyn brownstone dragged into the modern era to appeal to a completely different type of buyer. Originally targeted at the Middle East market, the Stella dial watches failed to find a especially enthusiastic response in their day, resulting in a short-lived production run. In the past few years, the price for vintage pieces have been rising steadily, and the modest 36mm dimensions have led to as many females as men seeking out the increasingly rare editions. Since the dials were made from solid enamel, finding one in good condition is becoming more and more of a challenge as the material is prone to cracking. However, they are proving so popular that the replica Rolex has taken steps to stress on their resurgence and brought out a fresh series of kaleidoscopic Day-Dates for the 21st century. What can't be denied is that it takes the Day-Date along previously unexplored paths, turning the once most ceremonial of replica watches into one with a great deal more versatility. An ideal choice for summer or just for adding a little something extra to a more casual outfit, it deserves its place on any collector's wish list or those looking for their next investment piece.