At the Baselworld 2019, Rolex finally introduced the big brother of the Oyster Perpetual Rolex Day-Date 36, that is, the Rolex Day-Date 40. With impressive technical upgrades, unique dial options and some small changes to the case, the new generation Rolex Day-Date 36 watches make them worthy of attention. Here is an overview of the useful and remarkable updates offered to the original 2019 Rolex Day-Date 36 timepieces.
Rolex Day-Date 36: A Technical Achievement in 1956
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date was a significant innovation when it was launched in 1956. While the watch flaunted the date complication on its dial, it was the first wristwatch to illustrate the day of the week at 12 o’clock position in an arc-shaped window. Moreover, the manifestation of the day spelt out in full is available in twenty-six languages.
The Rolex Day-Date comes with its symbolic President bracelet that makes it instantly recognisable. While the watch has been worn by many noteworthy directors, political figures and visionaries, the Day-Date eventually came to be known as the ‘Presidents’ watch’.
Innovative Dial Design
The new generation Rolex Day-Date 36 retains the historic President style including the calendar windows on the dial, precious metal fabrication and also, the semi-circular links on the metal bracelet. The new Rolex Day-Date watches are available in 18ct yellow gold, white gold and Everose gold, equipped with diamond bezels and fluted bezels in some versions.
However, there are two unique dial designs with a concentric gradient to choose from – one, in 18ct yellow gold with a green ombre dial and second, a brown ombre dial in 18ct Everose gold. Other dial options in the new generation Day-Date 36 consist of two hard stoned dials – one in veined turquoise and another in pink opal. Moreover, the last choice of the dial includes a full diamond pave dial, adorned with ten rainbow-coloured, baguette-cut sapphires.
Calibre 3255: A New Generation Movement
The new Rolex Day-Date 36 watches are powered by the Rolex’s patented calibre 3255. This self-winding mechanical movement provides significant gains in case of power reserve, precision, reliability, resistance to magnetic fields and shocks. With the Rolex patent Chronergy escapement, the Calibre 3255 integrates high energy efficiency with high reliability.
Moreover, the self-winding movement is equipped with an advanced blue Parachrom hairspring, made of a paramagnetic alloy developed by Rolex and also, is fitted with a Rolex overcoil. This makes the Calibre 3255 nearly ten times more precise in case of shocks compared to a conventional hairspring, and the Rolex overcoil maintains its regularity in every position. The new generation Rolex Day-Date equips this calibre for the first time that offers a power reserve up to about 70hours.
The Oyster Case: Water-resistant up to 100metres
The Oyster case of the Rolex Day-Date 36 is an epitome of elegance and robustness, water-resistance up to a depth of 330ft (100m). While the middle case is made of 18ct yellow gold, white gold or Everose gold, the case back is screwed down hermetically using a special tool that can be accessed only by Rolex watch manufacturers.
Indeed, the Oyster waterproof case offers the optimum protection for the high precision movement of the Rolex Day-Date 36. However, the crystal is crafted from virtually scratch-proof sapphire. It is equipped with a Cyclops lens at the 3 o’clock position for reading the date easily.
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