arlier today we reported on the new Rolex Day-Date 40 watch release as soon as Rolex made the watch public, and now, we are following up with a hands-on with all versions of this new model. Having met Rolex today on the first day of Baselworld 2015 – which actually is a press day and not open to the public – not only could we see and photograph the new features on this latest release, but we also received detailed explanation about them. Let’s see, now, first-hand how the Rolex Day-Date 40 is new, and what it offers for those in the market for a dressier – albeit highly versatile – classic piece from the manufacture.
What wasn’t entirely clear at the time of the release but we now know for certain is that the Rolex Day-Date 40 does, in fact, replace the Rolex Day-Date II, tuning the “DD” down ever so slightly from 41 to 40 millimeters replica rolex submariner watches wide. Rolex actually refers to the Day-Date as its “most prestigious model,” and so it is no wonder the latest and arguably greatest Rolex movement is making its debut in this updated collection as well. First things first, we will discuss the new looks and then go on to discover further details of the new Rolex 3255 caliber.
18k White gold, Everose gold, 950 platinum, and 18k yellow gold – those are the four new versions the Rolex Day-Date 40 is available in, and you can see them all above. There are, of course, several different versions depending on case material, dial pattern and indices, but we have seen all four metals – as the Rolex Day-Date 40 will exclusively be available in the aforementioned materials (no steel version) – so you can get a good idea of what to expect in terms of looks.
Rolex has debuted new dial options, where the patterns are created by laser etching a sunray finished dial, making for incredibly sharp and accurate lines – of different widths, depending on the model – running across the dials. The etching is subtle when it comes to depth; it is not like guilloché that results in deeper, more three-dimensional grooves on the dials. That is not at all to say the new Rolex dials lack depth, what you get instead is the mixture of the silvery, soft glow reflected by the fine sunray finishing, rendered more visually interesting by the laser etched lines which seem to stand out more or nearly completely disappear, depending on how the light falls on the dial. The overall experience is a dial that is beautiful to replica watches uk look at and is extremely versatile in its appearance – with the applied indices adding some extra volume and definition, also improving legibility.
Speaking of indices, the options include the more traditional stick hour markers which are said to have improved lume – a welcome development despite the rather formal appearance of the Rolex Day-Date. On the other hand, you have the also hand-applied Roman numerals, each of which are made up of several faceted pieces of gold, resulting in a “deconstructed” look. Despite the historic flair of the Roman numerals, this design looks highly technical and perhaps a bit more masculine, particularly compared to the simple way how Roman numerals are usually constructed.