Rolex Day-Date 36mm Watches Hands-On pg. 2

Rolex Day-Date 36mm Watches Hands-On

Rolex Day-Date 36mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

I decided to model two of the new Rolex Day-Date models that appealed to me most. Those were the Rolex Day-Date Green and Rhodium. Though in all honesty, depending on the type of guy you are, none of the colors are strictly "men or women." I can see situations where they would fit anyone. Rolex is famous for using green in various anniversary watches. There have been a few green dialed Submariner models, as well as GMT-Master II models. Though this is a darker, more metallic green. By the way, it looks fantastic with the 18k yellow gold case.

Speaking of cases, the Day-Date Oyster case for 2013 is offered in two 18k yellow gold cases, two rose (Rolex's Everose) gold cases, and two white gold cases. No steel, and you aren't likely to see any steel models as Rolex only produces the Day-Date in precious metals. If you want a platinum model in a neat color then perhaps all you need to do is wait a few years. I don't know if Rolex intends to continue with these colorful creations or if it is just an experiment. When it comes to playing with color they have mostly done so on their lady's pieces - which of course will be a major consumer of these new Day-Date models, but again I think some guys will dig them. In addition to the cases being in gold (and lovely they are), the hands and hour markers, as well as the strap's folding buckles are in gold.

Rolex Day-Date 36mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Rolex Day-Date 36mm Watches Hands-On Hands-On

Inside the 36mm wide Rolex Day-Date is the in-house made Rolex caliber 3155 automatic COSC Chronometer certified movement. It features the time, date, and day of the week (fully spelled out). You of course have Rolex's signature cyclops magnifier lens over the day as well. One of my favorite little details about the Rolex Day-Date dial is use of small Roman numerals on the minute scale around the chapter ring. Nice little detail. Rolex also includes a sort of end-piece style element on the case so that there is a gapless connection between the strap and the case. It is a minor detail, but one of the reasons that Rolex watches are held in high regard.

You might not love Rolex, and I certainly don't all the time, but I give them kudos for offering a ton of refinement and a very reliable wearing experience. They really do make some of the best case and bracelet metal out there. If you are interested in an original Rolex Day-Date watch because you love the style and fluted bezel, but with a more interesting color then your timepieces may have just about arrived. Prices for the 2013 Rolex Day-Date watch is 17,950 Euros in 18k yellow gold and 19,150 Euros in either 18k white gold or 18k Everose gold.

What do you think?
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  • Lesthepom

    It’s a Rolex what more do you need to say I do like a lot of there models and I have a date just 2 in my collection and it gets a lot of use
    The bold colors are a bold move for them on Dutch an iconic watch but I am sure the will appeal to plenty of people I do like the green but its a bit small for me I like 40mm + and the leather is not the best material for the tropical weather unless you are an office dweller
    I think this is a good move for rolex as they haven’t made a lot of new models recently when I see them in my local dealers shop I will certainly have a closer look
    I think my wife is as likely to buy one as me

  • Ulysses31

    I like the colour options, especially the green and blue.  I’d take the blue one – if it were larger than women’s size, and wasn’t a Rolex, and didn’t look like a fluted pie crust.  The pricing is hilarious, even accounting for the gold, but perhaps i’m mistaken?  The other guys can chime in on whether or not this represents good value for a gold watch – i’m not really a fan of that metal except in certain rare circumstances.

  • Kris C

    Green for the money, gold for the honey.
    I’m not a Rolex guy, so I probably don’t get it for a good reason. To me, this just looks like trolling.

  • Gee Z

    Very nice collection! Yes, the price is steep, but Rolex tends to hold their value much better than everything else (Patek and Lange excluded). And their dependability is legendary…

  • bichondaddy

    Nice of Rolex to finally move out of the 1960’s color wise.  Not a Rolex person myself…never have been….so don’t know if I am the best person to talk about them.  I only have a few select vintage timepieces under 40mm’s….so a 36mm piece to me is a woman’s watch.  But I am sure there will be plenty of guys with smaller wrist purchasing them.  I have  a 23cm wrist…nearly 9 inches…and I don’t wear a watch under 45mm’s unless my wife and I are going to a company function, and then it’s one of my vintage pieces that’s on my wrist.

  • I guess it’s not the “break-through” concept-novelty that one expects to be shown at Basel.  
    It’s the same watch just wrapped in novelty and fashionable colors.  This shows that Rolex is now watching and listening to customers and catching up with the present century.   I think this will help to put some “luxury finish” (like Patek) to their all around “tool-surgeon-diabetic bracelet” look watches.   
    I do like the blue in white gold, under a suit at a wedding, nice dinner or at the opera…But that’s it, and then back to the watch case.  Size not an issue, as it will wear well under the sleeve.  Price?  Well, is a Rolex what else can be expected from them?

  • So there goes one of the nicest small trends in watch-land this year.  A few brands have released some tasteful blue and brown dials on a limited scale on some of their well-known pieces, and they were well received.  So Rolex (in my best Louis Black diatribe), which-has-not-had-a-single-original-idea-in-half-a-century… takes a nice thing and makes it ridiculous.  Way to go!

  • A year have gone by since the publication – and I finally got the emerald green version of the day date watch. My first day date, and to me its a little small. I wish it was a day date 2. That said, the few times I have worn it, the watch did attract a bit of attention. Its not too bling, and very classy. The green croc strap makes it that that little bit different.

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