At Watches and Wonders in Geneva, Rolex debuted a beautiful new Day-Date 40 with what they name an “Ombré” dial.

Relationship again to 1956, the Day-Date, often known as the “Presidents’ watch” comes solely in treasured metals: 18K yellow, white, or Everose gold, or 950 platinum — and is at the moment provided in 36 or 40-mm diameter variations. The Day-Date was the primary calendar wristwatch to point, along with the date, the day of the week spelled out in full in an arc-shaped window at 12 o’clock on the dial — a technical feat on the time.

Rolex Day-Date 40 Everose Gold Slate Ombré Ref. 228235

The Day-Date 40 Everose Gold Slate Ombré is delivered in Rolex’s signature strong 18K Everose gold Oyster costume watch case, with an identical non-rotating strong gold fluted bezel and President bracelet (three-piece hyperlink). The bracelet is supplied with a chic hid folding Crownclasp and consists of patented ceramic inserts — designed by Rolex — contained in the hyperlinks to reinforce its flexibility on the wrist and its longevity. Contrasting the reddish coloured gold is an all-new slate grey gradient (Ombré) dial — the primary time this dial has been utilized in a 40 mm Day-Date — that’s lighter grey within the middle and fades to a darker hue in the direction of the perimeter.

Additionally showing for the primary time, on the ombré dial of this watch are faceted, deconstructed Roman numerals and faceted index hour markers in 18K pink gold. Till now, Rolex ombré dials had been set with diamond hour markers and had been reserved for the Day-Date 36. This new dial represents the continuity of a design that the model launched within the Eighties and relaunched in 2019. Rolex says, “The manufacture of those dials with a concentric gradient includes the appliance of black lacquer, a fragile operation overseen by a specialist, whose process is to make sure the harmonious transition from colour to darkness.”

Rolex Day-Date 40 Everose Gold Slate Ombré Ref. 228235

Driving the hours, minutes, central seconds (fingers) and, day and date (wheels), is Rolex’s caliber 3255, which has been round since 2015. The caliber 3255 makes use of Rolex’s patented Chronergy escapement (made from nickel-phosphorus, this escapement is proof against sturdy magnetic fields), a blue Parachrom hairspring (made in a paramagnetic alloy that may deal with temperature variations and shocks). It’s geared up with a Rolex overcoil, guaranteeing regularity in any place. The oscillator is mounted on the Rolex-designed, patented high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers, rising the motion’s shock resistance. Since 2023, the oscillating weight has been fitted with an optimized ball bearing. The ability reserve is 70-hours.

The Rolex Day-Date 40 Everose Gold Slate Ombré (Ref. 228235) is a Superlative Chronometer and leaves the manufacturing facility adjusted to a charge of -2/+2 seconds per day, and has a water resistant depth score of 100 meters. Retail is $41,500.


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