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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic

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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic Specifications

Brand, Seller, or Collection Name Rolex
Part Number 228348BKDP
Item Shape Round
Display Type Analog
Case diameter 40 millimeters
Band Material 18kt Yellow Gold President
Band Color Black
Dial color Black
Bezel material Fixed
Calendar Date display
Movement Swiss Automatic
Water-resistant depth 100 Meters

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic a hallowed place in Rolex’s history. Sober and elegant, it has achieved mythical status and is considered the most esteemed model in the Oyster collection with its refined case and lugs and clear, legible dial showing calendar indications. It came to be known as the “Presidential Watch” sported by presidents, particularly American presidents, which bestowed upon it a powerful aura of prestige beyond its primary functions.

Irresistibly attractive, it has been worn by more heads of state, sportspeople, celebrities, dignitaries, captains of industry and men who guided the destinies of the world than any other Rolex timepiece. Earning its reputation on the wrists of many world leaders, as well as by its technical prowess with criteria for accuracy that are twice as rigorous as those for an officially-certified chronometer, it provided the essential information needed for scheduling meetings or signing and dating contracts.

Thus, the practical Day-Date has always been the ideal watch for decision-makers as it exudes confidence. By extension, by wearing a Day-Date, you are making a statement that you, yourself are a leader and can achieve anything you put your mind to, that you can set a precedent with a Rolex strapped to your wrist.

Qualified as an international mark of success, it distinguishes its wearer as one of the elite. It is the ultimate status watch that, more than any other, embodies the accomplishments and prestige of the brand and of those who wear it.

The design of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic 

Rolex calls the watch Oyster Perpetual Day-date. Oyster meaning this has a water resistance rating of not less than 100 meters. In this case, it is exactly 100 meters. Oyster in Rolex nomenclature usually means that Rolex sees this as a sports watch.

Perpetual is Rolex-Speak for automatic winding. Here the caliber 3255 is designed and manufactured in-house. The movement has an autonomy of approximately 70 hours. And the Day-Date is what Rolex calls its watches equipped with a calendar. This is a simple calendar display of the day of the week at 12 o’clock, and the date with the attendant cyclops lens at 3 o’clock. this was the Rolex’s high-end interpretation of the calendar. The date only watches are called Datejust. But in 2012, Rolex released the most complicated watch they ever made with the Sky-Dweller which features an innovative Annual Calendar.

The case on Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic 

The case is the traditional Rolex Oyster case. A 3 body case, with a screw-down back, a massive case middle and a smooth bezel in favor of a smooth polished one. Truth to be told, you will be captivated by the dial, the black dial is charming and fits any outfit, it is not so attention-seeking as much as the rest of the watch design. The markers are white gold appliques with inserts in the Rolex exclusive Super Luminova.

The dial on Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic 

The clearest indication that we are looking at Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic is the dazzling array of new textured dials on offer. The texture is achieved through a new technique for Rolex, achieved by laser etching over a sunray finish. This example is a Sundust dial with a stripe motif, but there is also a quadrant finish and an ice blue diagonal motif that is unique to the platinum model. These new dials are not for everyone, but they add interest and texture to the watch as well as referencing the brand’s rich history of exotic dials.

Aside from the dial itself, the Day-Date comes with either stick markers or deconstructed roman numerals. And of course the instantaneous change day and date indications.

The movement on Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic 

While the new case and dials are important, the exciting and really important part of Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic is the new caliber 3255 that powers the Day-Date. Caliber 3255 is Rolex’s next-generation movement, and we expect to see it rolling out through their collection in the years to come. Aside from the instantaneous date change, the Caliber 325 boasts performance twice as exacting as COSC standard a new Chronergy escapement, Parachrom hairspring, thinner barrels, upgraded gear train, and new lubricants.

These innovations have resulted in a power reserve that is now 70 hours, a 50 percent gain on the previous movement. It also means that Rolex, already renowned for their hardworking, reliable movements, are continuing to research and develop int his area to keep step with impressive competitor advancements like Omega’s Master Co-Axial series. While it might not have been the sexiest new Rolex release at Basel world, the Caliber 3255 is the most important. And not just for what it is, but what it represents.

Overall Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic  review

The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic is a dream watch definitely, the bracelet is nothing short of amazing. Buttery soft and yet still supple, Rolex has also gone to some effort to future-proof it by adding ceramic inserts in the links so that the soft metal won’t wear away and loose over time. Beyond the excellent bracelet, the case is slightly more reasonably proportioned than the Day-Date II.

What a difference one millimeter makes. However, beyond all the tangible factors, there is just something about slipping on a solid gold Rolex. You can’t escape the cultural weight we mentioned earlier. It was also less bling than expected. Well, thanks to the fluted bezel, black dial, and multifaceted bracelet, the Day-Date sparkles in any light, but the Everose is warmer and less harsh than yellow gold. As always Rolex have offered the complete package with the Day-Date, and further proof that they are still at the top of the game.

9.5Expert Score
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Black Dial Automatic is a real dream watch the new movement caliber 3255 is the real deal on this watch. Read full review here.
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PROS
  • Amazing watch
  • Great quality and design
  • Feels lights
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  • Pricey