Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 New Generation

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.

Of the new combinations, two feature a novel dial design with a concentric gradient: the first, in 18 ct yellow gold, is presented with a green ombré dial; the second, in 18 ct Everose gold, 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.

Oyster Perpetual Day-date 36, Yellow Gold Version with Green Ombré Dial

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 last watch, in 18 ct white gold, is yet more precious. Its dial, featuring hour markers fashioned from ten baguette-cut sapphires in rainbow colours, is entirely paved with diamonds. Its bezel is illuminated by 52 brilliant-cut diamonds and its bracelet is set with 412 brilliant-cut diamonds along the centre links. The light reflections on the case sides and lugs highlight the elegant profile of the 36-mm Oyster case.

All the new versions are equipped with calibre 3255, at the forefront of watchmaking technology, included on the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 for the first time. Like all Rolex watches, the new Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 36 versions carry the Superlative Chronometer certification, which ensures excellent performance on the wrist.

Oyster Perpetual Day-date 36, Yellow Gold Version with Green Ombré Dial

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”.

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.

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.

The new versions of the Day-Date 36 are equipped with caliber 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 fling 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 blue Parachrom hairspring is equipped with a Rolex overcoil, ensuring its regularity in any position. 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.

Like all Rolex watches, the Oyster Perpetual 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, which exceed watchmaking norms and standards. The certification applies 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.

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.

Technical details

Movement
Calibre 3255, Manufacture Rolex
Mechanical movement with bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor
Precision: −2/+2 sec/day, after casing
Jewelling: 31 rubies
Power reserve: Approximately 70 hours

FUNCTIONS
• Centre hour, minute and seconds hands
• Instantaneous day and date in apertures at 12 and 3 o’clock, secure rapid-setting
• Stop-seconds for exact time setting

OSCILLATOR
• Frequency: 28,800 beats/hour (4 Hz)
• Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring
• Rolex overcoil
• Large balance wheel with variable inertia
• High-precision regulating via four gold Microstella nuts
• Traversing balance bridge
• High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers

ESCAPEMENT
• Chronergy with optimized energy efficiency
• Paramagnetic nickel-phosphorus pallet fork and escape wheel

Model: Oyster Perpetual Day-date 36, Yellow Gold Version with Green Ombré Dial

Case reference: 128238
Bracelet reference: 83408
Category: Oyster Perpetual Classic
Superlative Chronometer certification
International five-year guarantee

Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 36 mm
Material: 18 ct yellow gold
Middle Case: 18 ct yellow gold, polished finish
Bezel: 18 ct yellow gold, fluted
Case Back: Solid, screw-down with fine fluting
Winding Crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Dial
Green ombré, gloss, sunray finish
8 diamonds in 18 ct yellow gold settings
2 baguette-cut diamonds in 18 ct yellow gold settings at 6 and 9 o’clock
Hands in 18 ct yellow gold

Bracelet
President, three-piece solid links
18 ct yellow gold, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges, ceramic inserts
Concealed folding Crownclasp

Model: Oyster Perpetual Day-date 36, Everose Gold Version with Brown Ombré Dial

Case reference: 128235
Bracelet reference: 83405
Category: Oyster Perpetual Classic
Superlative Chronometer certification
International five-year guarantee

Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 36 mm
Material: 18 ct Everose gold
Middle case: 18 ct Everose gold, polished finish
Bezel: 18 ct Everose gold, fluted
Case back: Solid, screw-down with fine fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Dial
Brown ombré, gloss, sunray finish
8 diamonds in 18 ct pink gold settings
2 baguette-cut diamonds in 18 ct pink gold settings at 6 and 9 o’clock
Hands in 18 ct pink gold

Bracelet
President, three-piece solid links
18 ct Everose gold, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges, ceramic inserts
Concealed folding Crownclasp

Model: Oyster Perpetual Day-date 36, White Gold Version with Pink Opal Dial

Case reference: 128349 RBR
Bracelet reference: 83409
Category: Oyster Perpetual Classic
Superlative Chronometer certification
International five-year guarantee

Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 36 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold
Middle case: 18 ct white gold, polished finish
Bezel: 18 ct white gold, set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.36 ct)
Case back: Solid, screw-down with fine fluting
Winding crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Dial
Pink opal
Hour markers in 18 ct white gold set with 32 diamonds, Roman VI and IX in 18 ct white gold set with 24 diamonds
Hands in 18 ct white gold

Bracelet
President, three-piece solid links
18 ct white gold, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges, ceramic inserts
Concealed folding Crownclasp

Model: Oyster Perpetual Day-date 36, Yellow Gold Version with Turquoise Dial

Case reference: 128348 RBR
Bracelet reference: 83408
Category: Oyster Perpetual Classic
Superlative Chronometer certification
International five-year guarantee

Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 36 mm
Material: 18 ct yellow gold
Middle case: 18 ct yellow gold, polished finish
Bezel: 18 ct yellow gold, set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.36 ct)
Case back: Solid, screw-down with fine fluting
Winding Crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double antireflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Dial
Turquoise (decorative stone)
Hour markers in 18 ct yellow gold, set with 32 diamonds, Roman VI and IX in 18 ct yellow gold, set with 24 diamonds
Hands in 18 ct yellow gold

Bracelet
President, three-piece solid links
18 ct yellow gold, polished centre links, satin-finished outer links with polished edges, ceramic inserts
Concealed folding Crownclasp

Model: Oyster Perpetual Day-date 36, White Gold Version, Diamond Set Bezel and Dial

Case reference: 128349 RBR
Bracelet reference: 84809 BR
Category: Oyster Perpetual Classic
Superlative Chronometer certification
International five-year guarantee

Case
Oyster (monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown)
Diameter: 36 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold
Middle Case: 18 ct white gold, polished finish
Bezel: 18 ct white gold, set with 52 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 1.36 ct)
Case back: Solid, screw-down with fine fluting
Winding Crown: Screw-down, Twinlock double waterproofness system
Crystal: Scratch-resistant sapphire; Cyclops lens over the date with double anti-reflective coating
Waterproofness: 100 metres (330 feet)

Dial
18 ct white gold, set with 542 diamonds
10 baguette-cut sapphires in a rainbow of colours, in 18 ct white gold settings
Hands in 18 ct white gold

Bracelet
President, three-piece solid links
18 ct white gold, centre links set with 412 brilliant-cut diamonds (approx. 5.57 ct), polished outer links, ceramic inserts
Concealed folding Crownclasp

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