Rolex USA Unveils the New Day-Date with a Different Size and Caliber
The Rolex Day-Date was first introduced in 1956 and it is the last flagship model created by Hans Wilsdorf the founder of Rolex. Many believe it is his ultimate achievement. Otherwise known as the “President’s watch,” the Rolex Day-Date is being worn by presidents, visionaries, important leaders and CEOs all over the world. It’s considered the ultimate symbol of success, power and prestige.
History of the Rolex Day-Date
Rolex transformed calendar legibility with its Datejust in 1945, and it was the first wristwatch chronometer to show the date at 3 o’clock in the window. The Cyclops lens, which was also created by Rolex, would be added a few years later in 1953 to further enhance the reading of the date. Wilsdorf perfected the modern calendar in 1956 with the Day-Date by adding the fully spelled out day of the week in a window at 12 o’clock on the watch’s dial.
Day-Date was the first time ever that a watch showed the day in full together with the date.
FYI: The Day-Date’s calendar has 26 language options, from European languages to Arabic and Chinese. There’s also Russian, Hebrew, Greek, Japanese, Scandinavian languages, Indonesian and even Latin.)
Reading of the calendar is easy because it displays the day and date in its own apertures. And thanks to its mechanism which is also patented by Rolex, the date disks can move forward to the next day at midnight. This function was once dubbed the “miracle at midnight” because it could change in a millisecond.
Day-Date which is available in gold or platinum used to be available only in a 36-mm-diameter case. Now, there is the all new 40-mm-diameter case, alongside the 36-mm version.
It is worth mentioning that the platinum version has a fixed bezel, whereas the gold versions – there are 3 of them: Everose, white and yellow gold – have fluted bezels. All models feature the Twinlock screwed-down caseback, Twinlock double-sealed crown, and have fully polished cases. It is water resistant for up to a hundred meters.
It has a sapphire crystal which is resistant to scratches to protect the dial. It also has a cyclops lens over the date, and the time is still visible even in direct sunlight due to its double anti-reflective coating.
You can see the words “Day-Date,” “Oyster Perpetual” and “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” written on the Rolex Day-Date dial . Each of the Day-Date models have unique laser engraved motifs over the dial except for the yellow gold. The platinum version features a dial in ice blue and has a diagonal sunray pattern; the white-gold features a nice silver dial with a quadrant design; the rose-gold version has a dial in “sundust” with a stripe sunray pattern finish; while the yellow-gold has a champagne-colored dial and a sunray finish.
The yellow-gold and white variants of the Day-Date have new hours markers in Roman numerals, all have elements that are separately hand positioned, coupled with indexes. On the other hand, the platinum and rose-gold models have indexes only.
“Superlative Chronometer” was presented by Rolex many years ago specifically in the 1950s to describe the accuracy of its chronometers. It was name “superlative” because it far exceeded other chronometers available. In 1956, the Day-Date was one of the pioneering models to meet the precision requirements which is why it carries the designation “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified” on every dial. In 1973 the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) was created and it was a merging of the many Official Watch Rating Centers, and it created a much stricter criteria. So the Official chronometer testing certificates which gave citations dissolved.Swiss ROLEX ⌚ Collection »
More recently in 2015, Rolex redefined the term “Superlative Chronometer ” when it came out with the caliber 3255, its latest and most advanced mechanical movement that equips the current Day-Date versions. Rolex has created a new level of chronometric precision that even exceeds the COSC criteria. The new Day-Date’s accuracy when you wear it satisfies criteria double as accurate as those of an officially certified chronometer, thereby boosting the brand’s heritage and reputation and restoring the idea of Superlative Chronometer 100%.
Caliber 3255 raises the bar really high and it is setting the road for the next breed of Rolex movements,. Due to Rolex’s in-depth research and design which is evident ever since its creation, the Day-Date movement uses technology that has 14 patents. Beating at a rate of 4Hz, this 31 jewel, two-directional self-winding movement does not need a higher rate to boost its chronometric precision. Instead, Rolex uses inventions to advance chronometry. From the Parachrom hairspring in blue, to the very advanced Chronergy escapement with a nickel-phosphorus pallet escape wheel and fork, to the huge balance wheel which has variable inertia weights, to the extremely reliable Parallax shock absorbers and balance bridge, Caliber 3255 is an amazing technology that aims to not only maintain but also exceed the precision and sturdiness for which Rolex watches are known for.
The brand new movement is not just more precise; it is also very efficient, enabling it to have a 70-hour power reserve. It is also a lot more reliable. And this is further emphasized by the new International Rolex warranty which takes effect July 1, 2015: the warranty is now 5 years and this is the best in the industry.
The Presidents’ Bracelet is Here Again
Apart from the wonderful updates on the Day-Date, the presidents’ bracelet is also back and this time with 3 semi-circular links. It is an enhanced version of the original President’s bracelet because now it has ceramic inserts within the links, enhancing its durability and comfort. A new, hidden attachment under the bezel ascertains seamless visual continuity between the case and the bracelet. The new-generation hidden Crownclasp, which is opened with an attached Rolex crown, is the final touch to this luxurious bracelet.
The Rolex Day-Date 40 replicas will be available alongside the smaller and classic 36-mm version. The prices for original Rolex made copy of this watch ranges from $34,850 for the yellow-gold to as high as $115,550 for the platinum version with the diamond dial and bezel. (Ref. 228206 – platinum, 228238 – yellow gold, 228235 – Everose gold and 228239 – white gold). Rolex Day-Date gold plated replica will cost you $750 to $1,500 USD depending on the model.
When the Day-Date was launched, it brought the contemporary wristwatch to its apogee. And today with the new Day-Date 40 and its brand new and better caliber, Rolex further demonstrates what we have always known. It is a watch that is chronometrically, technologically and aesthetically greater than its competitors in nearly every way. In addition, it is not just symbolic of Rolex’s success, but also of the people who wear it.Swiss Rolex Day-Date Replicas »
Alternatives offered by ROLEX
- Timeless Swiss Rolex Replica Rolex Datejust™ « Watch Clone with ETA automatic or Miyota movement.