Watches: Rolex Day-Date with Coloured Dials

By Thierry Ané on November 13, 2013

If you follow the news from the watch industry even a little, chances are you have already read about the new GMT-Master II with its bicolour cerachrom bezel that I have recently mentioned in my selection of all-steel watchesWatches: Selection of Steel Watches with Steel Bracelet. With the buzz around the 50th anniversary of the Cosmograph Daytona, I am pretty convinced that you have also seen the anniversary platinum version with its distinctive ice blue dial and chestnut brown cerachrom bezel. It is possible, however, that you have missed the introduction of the first-ever 6 Day-Date versions with a leather strap. Since Christmas is not that far, I wanted to make sure you are aware of these options if you are looking for a great gift for your loved one (I know that it is supposed to be a male watch but with a 36 mm case and the colours they have chosen, I think it is more suitable for a woman).

Launched in 1956, the Day-Date was the first chronometer wristwatch to indicate the date and day of the week spelt out in full on the dial. Until now, this timeless model has only been interpreted in gold or platinum with a matching bracelet. This year Rolex re-interprets this elegant timepiece in a more informal manner, with a coloured dial and a matching alligator strap. Needless to say, each model still features Rolex’s legendary folding clasp in the same gold as the case.

There are six combinations available: two in white gold, two in yellow gold and another two in Rolex’s famous Everose. Blue and cherry are the colours Rolex decided to mix with the white gold. The yellow gold versions receive a cognac-coloured or green dial and a matching alligator strap. The first Everose model sports a chocolate brown dial and a chocolate brown alligator strap, while the second version features a more classical rhodium-coloured dial and a black alligator strap.

In my opinion the version that is more representative of what Rolex is all about, is the yellow gold timepiece with a green dial and strap. The yellow gold watch is the archetype of a Rolex’s timepiece, and green has always been the colour associated with Rolex.

The Day-Date is equipped with calibre 3155, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. COSC certified, this movement features Rolex’s latest technical breakthroughs like the blue Parachrom hairspring.

With a retail price between USD 23,000 and USD 25,000 depending on the version, these new Day-Date models will undoubtedly be strong sellers for the company.

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