The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day Date12:15 pm
The Day-Date has always been considered as the most elegant, refined and luxurious timepiece coming from Rolex and it received a serious update in Baselworld 2015, coming in more options of precious metals, new case size and a brand new movement. This is the new Rolex Day-Date 40 in ever rose gold, powered by the brand new revolutionary Rolex Calibre 3255.
Pillars of a masterpiece:
Together with the inclusion of rose gold, the main talking point of this timepiece is of course its new case size of 40mm. But before we go in depth, we want you to understand why the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date has such a long name. This long name is important to understand all the crucial pillars of this luxurious watch:
Oyster – In Rolex’s nomenclature means that this timepiece is part of the sport watch collection and comes with a relatively high level of water resistance (i.e. 100 meters). It’s also fascinating to know that the 1926 Rolex Oyster was in fact the world’s first wrist watch with a water resistant case! Though this watch can’t be called a diver’s watch, the Oyster case is there to protect its movement from any kind of humidity.
Oyster Perpetual – Oyster Perpetual stands for automatic / self-winding movement by the mean of a central oscillating weight also called rotor. Patented in 1931, this mechanism back then a real innovation and one of the most solidly built calibres as it prevented any kind humidity and dust to enter the movement. – a big contributor towards the legendary robustness of all Rolex watches.
Day-Date – The Day-Date is Rolex’s calendar watch, a timepiece that shows the date at 3 o’clock (Like the Datejust) and the day with a large aperture at 12, letting the owner have a clear view of the day. This disc was – and still is – available in 26 languages.
Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified (Or COSC Certified) – Made by Rolex, the brand new calibre 3255 is a new generation superlative chronometer manufactured by them is tested and certified by the COSC. The calibre is a game changer for them and we will cover that as we go further.
Water resistance, automatic chronometer that displays both the date and the day, all together in a luxurious and refined taste are the 4 main pillars of this watch and is what makes the new Rolex Day-Date 40.
The case of this new edition shows new dimensions and new proportions. The diameter is reduced to 40mm and both the case-bands and the lugs are slimmer – something Rolex loyalists were really looking forward to. The other noteworthy addition to the watch is the President bracelet. Introduced for the first time in 1956 and made exclusively for the Rolex Day-Date, the bracelet fits well and adds to the comfort and solidness of the watch.
“Recognizable at a glance with its emblematc President Bracelet”
All these new additions make the Day-Date 40 more elegant, more refined and totally versatile in terms of looks. The use of rose gold has made the watch heavy, but the new case size, slim profile and the comfort of the president bracelet is incomparable. The classic is thus revisited, not changed.
New Calibre 3255:
Not the new case, bracelet or dial. The movement is the biggest novelty of the Day Date. Inside the case of this watch runs a superior brand new movement, something big for Rolex considering they’ve been using the same base calibres for ages. The 3255 marks a new era for the ‘Crown’.
Setting new standards of performance for the core characteristics of a watch movement, the 3255 too has its own benchmarks where it has outdone any other calibre in its class in Precision, Power Reserve, Reliability, Resistance to Shocks and Magnetism and ease of adjustment. The Rolex Calibre 3255 comes with no less than 14 patents! All of this to achieve that goal of being the best calibre out there.
Power Reserve is taken care by a new barrel and mainspring. The thickness of the barrel has been reduced by 50% which means more space for the mainspring and a 10+hour gain in the overall reserve. Rolex has also developed a new ‘Chronergy’ escapement that improves efficiency of the movement by 15%, which means lower consumption of energy and a higher power reserve.
Calibre 3255 is not just certified by the COSC but beats the COSC benchmark in terms of precision timekeeping. Rolex are calling it ‘twice as precise as an official chronometer’.
A Keeper for Generations
Master of keeping things right, Rolex has once again reassured their loyalists by sticking to its traditional recipe and at the same time delivering an exceptional watch for the new era. The Ever Rose Gold Rolex Day-Date 40 has kept its elegance as a versatile luxury watch with a reliable new calibre, all housed in a new case with the same iconic design and bracelet made of 18k Rose Gold. A watch worthy of being a collectors’ and we’re pleased to have it with us at Ethos.
(Image courtesy: Rolex and Monochrome)