Rolex Oyster Perpetual Explorer
Favoured by many of the world’s political figures, directors and visionaries, the Rolex Day-Date is the most exclusive watch in the Oyster Perpetual collection.
Recognised as the ultimate status watch, the Rolex Day-Date is lauded for its exceptional precision, reliability, legibility and presence for over six decades. Here are four models that show why the
Day-Date is the ultimate watch of prestige.
Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in 18 ct white gold
A study in quiet luxury, the understated charm of this new 2021 model in 18 ct white gold with a slate grey dial highlights distinctive design elements of the collection, from the fluted bezel to the dial layout. The latter, in particular, has been the Day-Date’s enduring calling card.
Launched in 1956, the Day-Date was the first wristwatch to display the day of the week spelt out in full in an arc-shaped window at 12 o’clock and the date in a separate window at three o’clock, magnified by a Cyclops lens. Presently, the indication of the day of the week is available in a choice of 26 languages.
Equally recognisable is the elegant President bracelet, featuring three semi-circular links to provide utmost reliability and comfort. Specially created for the Day-Date, the iconic bracelet is vital to the collection’s ascent as an emblem for eminent figures who have worn the watch, thanks to its evocative name. The bracelet has continually been improved through the years, with the latest versions fitted with a concealed and secure Crownclasp as well as ceramic inserts inside the links to enhance its flexibility and longevity. Refined and exclusive, the President bracelet is still reserved for the Day-Date and certain versions of the Datejust for ladies in precious metals.
Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 in 18 ct yellow gold with diamonds
One of the most prestigious watches in the world, the Day-Date is available exclusively in 18 ct gold or 950 platinum. This 18 ct yellow gold model exemplifies the collection’s distinguished lineage with a yellow gold bezel set with diamonds and 10 baguette-cut diamond hour markers lighting up the sunray-finished champagne-colour dial. The sparkling adornments are captivating, as they enhance the harmonious aesthetics of the Day-Date, a true testament to Rolex’s mastery in watch design and gem-setting.
Crafted with precious materials, the Day-Date’s Oyster case is a paragon of robustness and elegance. With guaranteed waterproofness to a depth of 100 m, it features a middle case that is crafted from a solid block of 18 ct yellow gold and a case back edged with fine fluting that is hermetically screwed down with a special tool, ensuring the movement is accessible only to certified Rolex watchmakers. Completing the case is the Twinlock winding crown fitted with a double waterproofness system that screws down securely against the case.
Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 in 18 ct yellow gold
Day-Date collectors will take a shine to this 18 ct yellow gold model, as it adopts the 36 mm dimensions of the collection’s pioneering models and features a pristine white dial. At the same time, much of its character is attributed to the Roman numeral hour markers fashioned from 18 ct yellow gold, and it is driven by a cutting-edge movement at the forefront of watchmaking technology.
Powering the Day-Date 36 and the Day-Date 40 is the new-generation calibre 3255. A consummate demonstration of technology, this movement carries a number of patents. The innovations incorporated in this self-winding movement include the blue Parachrom hairspring manufactured by Rolex in an exclusive paramagnetic alloy that provides great stability despite temperature variations and remains up to 10 times more precise than a traditional hairspring in case of shocks. Fitted on Paraflex shock absorbers, a large balance wheel with variable inertia is regulated extremely precisely via gold Microstella nuts. In addition, its highly efficient Chronergy escapement, made of nickel-phosphorus and patented by Rolex, is insensitive to magnetic fields and extends the power reserve to approximately 70 hours.
Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 in 18 ct Everose gold
The Day-Date collection has featured an array of exclusive dials through the decades, with rare and exceptional examples such as aventurine, lapis lazuli, rubellite, and turquoise. An impressive addition to this range of unique dials is an intriguing eisenkiesel dial offered on this 18 ct Everose gold model.
Belonging to the family of quartz stones, eisenkiesel is characterised by iron oxide elements that bestow the mineral with warm tones of red, orange, and chocolate. As it is naturally occurring, each eisenkiesel specimen is unique, and every slice of the quartz fashioned into a Day-Date dial has been meticulously selected and crafted by Rolex.
Paired beautifully with 18 ct Everose gold – Rolex’s patented 18 ct pink gold alloy cast in the manufacture’s own foundry – the stone’s captivating veining is framed by a diamond-set bezel. Further enlivening the dial are hour markers set with 32 diamonds and a Roman VI and IX set with 24 diamonds, both in 18 ct Everose gold.