March 29, 2019

Baselworld 2019 – Rolex Day-Date 36

Rolex Day Date 36 Ref. 128238-0069 - Mamic 1970

Rolex is introducing the new generation of its Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36, available in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold with distinctive new dials and gem-set bezels on some versions.

ROLEX DAY-DATE 36

The new versions of the Day-Date 36 in 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold are presented with elegant new dials and feature a 36 mm case with redesigned lugs and sides. They are equipped with calibre 3255, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. This calibre is included on the Day-Date 36 for the first time.

Of the new combinations, two feature a novel dial design with a concentric gradient: the first, in 18 ct yellow gold Ref. 128238, is presented with a green ombré dial; the second, in 18 ct Everose gold Ref. 128235, with a brown ombré dial. Both are embellished with diamond hour markers in 18 ct gold settings; the diamonds at 6 and 9 o’clock are baguette-cut, a configuration specific to the Day-Date range.

Two other versions, one in 18 ct white gold and the other in 18 ct yellow gold, are fitted with a dial in decorative stone – pink opal for one, slightly veined turquoise for the other – enhanced by shimmering hour markers with Roman numerals VI and IX in 18 ct gold set with diamonds. The bezel is adorned with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The precious variants featuring a dial entirely paved with diamonds are embellished with hour markers fashioned from ten baguette-cut sapphires in rainbow colours. These types of hour markers are also found on the dark grey, rosé-colour and white mother-of-pearl dials. They are available with bezel illuminated by 52 brilliant-cut diamonds and its bracelet can be set with 412 brilliant-cut diamonds along the centre links. On the Day-Date 36 in 18 ct Everose gold, a bezel set with 52 diamonds is available for the first time. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the elegant profile of the 36 mm Oyster case.

EXCLUSIVITY ACCORDING TO ROLEX

At its launch in 1956, the Day-Date was a major innovation: it was the first calendar wristwatch to indicate, in addition to the date, the day of the week spelt out in full in an arc-shaped window at 12 o’clock – a technical feat at the time. The indication of the day of the week is available in a choice of 26 languages. Watches in the Day-Date range are made only in precious metals – 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold or 950 platinum.

Worn by many of the world’s political figures, directors and visionaries, the Day-Date is instantly recognizable, in particular thanks to its emblematic President bracelet, whose evocative name, together with the eminent figures who have worn it, ensured the Day-Date became known as the “presidents’ watch”. 

Like all models in the prestigious Day-Date range, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 is made only of precious metals. In addition to the date, it indicates the day of the week spelt out in full in a window on the dial.

Watches in the Day-Date range are made only in precious metals like 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold or 950 platinum.

Rolex Day Date 36 Ref. 128238-0069 - Mamic 1970
Day display © Rolex

THE OYSTER CASE, SYMBOL OF WATERPROOFNESS

A paragon of robustness and elegance, the Oyster case of the Day-Date 36 is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). Its middle case is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold. The case back, edged with fine fluting, is hermetically screwed down with a special tool that allows only Rolex watchmakers to access the movement. The winding crown, fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, screws down securely against the case. The crystal is made of virtually scratchproof sapphire and is fitted with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date. The waterproof Oyster case provides optimum protection for the Day-Date 36’s high-precision movement.

The Oyster case of the Day-Date 36 is waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet).

PERPETUAL CALIBRE 3255

The new versions of the Day-Date 36 are equipped with calibre 3255, a new-generation movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. A consummate demonstration of technology, at the forefront of the art of watchmaking, this self-winding mechanical movement led to the filing of several patents and offers fundamental gains in terms of precision, power reserve, resistance to shocks and magnetic fields, convenience and reliability.

Calibre 3255 incorporates the Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference. The movement is fitted with an optimized blue Parachrom hairspring, manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that makes it up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. The oscillator is fitted on the Rolex-designed and -patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, increasing the movement’s shock resistance.

Calibre 3255 is equipped with a self-winding module via a Perpetual rotor. Thanks to its barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the power reserve of calibre 3255 extends to approximately 70 hours. This calibre equips the Day-Date 36 for the first time.

The power reserve of calibre 3255 extends to approximately 70 hours.

Calibre 3255 - Mamic 1970
Calibre 3255 © Rolex

PRESIDENT BRACELET

These versions of the Day-Date 36 are fitted with a President bracelet in 18 ct gold. The three-piece link President bracelet, created specially for the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date in 1956, is still reserved exclusively for the Day-Date range and to particular versions of the Datejust.

On these new versions, the President bracelet is equipped with an elegant concealed folding Crownclasp and includes ceramic inserts inside the links to enhance its flexibility and longevity.

A concealed attachment system ensures seamless visual continuity between the bracelet and case.

The three-piece link President bracelet is still exclusively for the Day-Date range and to particular versions of the Datejust.

THE DAY-DATE, SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER

Like all Rolex watches, each Day-Date 36 is covered by the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This exclusive designation testifies that every watch leaving the brand’s workshops has successfully undergone a series of tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria. These certification tests apply to the fully assembled watch, after casing the movement, guaranteeing superlative performance on the wrist in terms of precision, power reserve, waterproofness and self-winding. The precision of a Rolex Superlative Chronometer is of the order of −2/+2 seconds per day, or more than twice that required of an official chronometer.

The Superlative Chronometer status is symbolized by the green seal that comes with every Rolex watch and is coupled with an international five-year guarantee.

Rolex Day Date 36 Ref. 128238-0069 - Mamic 1970
Superlative Chronometer © Rolex

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