A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The Day Date II inherits the famous features of the Day Date window and the complete day of the week, while the new luxurious case establishes the exclusive status of this watch. Today, the Maison is pleased to present a brief replica rolex watches review of the Rolex Day Date model, officially numbered 218238, in precious metal.

Since its inception, the Day Date has been the choice of the elite. The Day Date II, with its larger 41 mm case, is an improvement on the original Day Date. Crafted exclusively in platinum and gold, this watch is a must-have for those seeking innovative technical achievements and classic elegance.

A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date
A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The Day Date II, which debuted in 2008, is made exclusively of precious metals and is an expression of all Rolex’s watchmaking excellence and expertise. The 41 mm-diameter case and bracelet in 18-carat yellow gold are the perfect embodiment of Rolex’s expertise and expertise in watchmaking.

The Day Date is a symbol of unparalleled prestige. Its Oyster case, water-resistant to 100 meters, is made of 18-carat yellow gold and is fitted with an 18-carat yellow gold case and bracelet. The distinctive middle case is made of a solid block of metal.

A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date
A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The Rolex Day Date II is fitted with a Führer-type bracelet and a concealed crown clasp. 18-carat yellow gold is the material of choice for the Führer’s bracelet, thanks to its exceptional resistance to corrosion and its unparalleled elegance.

The bezel has triangular grooves and the mirror is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The hermetically sealed Oyster case of the Day Date II gives the precision movement the ultimate protection against water, dust, pressure and impacts. In addition to a small window displaying the date, the Day Date II has a curved window at 12 o’clock that displays the day of the week in its entirety. At midnight, the day of the week and the date on the watch change instantaneously at the same time, and the disc system that controls this function is a sign of mechanical ingenuity.

A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date
A Symbol of Elegance A brief review of the Rolex Day Date

The winding crown of the watch is water-resistant with a Rolex patented double-locking system that allows it to be screwed securely onto the case. The crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The completely sealed Oyster case gives the precision Rolex movement the ultimate protection against water, dust, pressure and impact. It is powered by the self-winding Caliber 3156, entirely developed by Rolex, which has also been awarded the Swiss Official Chronometer Certification, reserved for precision watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Chronometer Testing Centre (COSC) tests. Like all Oyster movements, the construction of this caliber ensures unparalleled reliability. The oscillating balance is the heart of the watch and is equipped with a stabilizing balance wheel whose inertial oscillation period is precisely adjusted by the height of the gold MICROSTELLA microscopic screws. It is mounted in a PARAFLEX shock-absorbing mechanism and is securely supported by height-adjustable parallel plate bridges.

Only a Rolex watch worthy of the Rolex Day Date is worthy of its status as one of the world’s leading figures in watchmaking.

The neglected Rolex balance clearance fine-tuning system

Each revolution in movement technology is an exploration of the frontiers of mechanical watchmaking, which may go down in history or be short-lived, but replica replica Rolex Day Date watches the infinite possibilities are always the ones that tug at the heartstrings of watch lovers. Rolex, a famous Geneva-based watchmaking company, is a legend in the world of watchmaking, with no superlative complications, no finely polished movements, and no limited editions.

Top: Journal type equipped with calibre 3235 Bottom: Day calendar type equipped with calibre 3255
Top: Journal type equipped with calibre 3235 Bottom: Day calendar type equipped with calibre 3255

Since the middle of the last century, the shapes of Rolex’s major collections have evolved subtly without ever deviating from the norm, and the technology of the movements has continued to break new ground and evolve, but rarely on the surface, so much so that without careful questioning, you can’t be sure exactly how different the watch and the movement are from what they used to be. Last year (2015), Rolex unveiled two new calibers: the Cal.3235 and the Cal.3255. The Cal.3055 came along with the Cal.3155 when the Cal.3135 replaced the Cal.3035 in 1988.

Cal.3035 to Cal.3135, and Cal.3135 to Cal.3235 – basically the layout of the movement. A very significant adjustment has been made, and the difference between these numbers is obvious. The difference between the Cal.3135 and Cal.3136 is mainly due to the change of the shock absorber KIF to the Rolex patented Paraflex, while the change of the numbering of the movement is a direct consequence of the complete change in the function and type of movement, indicating two completely different movements.

Rolex's important 3 series movement evolution
Rolex’s important 3 series movement evolution

So the Cal.3255, new for 2015, is fundamentally different from the previous Cal.3155, but not yet beyond the type of movement; they are both exclusive to day of the week calendar-type watches (DD for short). So what’s the difference? I think most of the differences were already known at the beginning of the year, such as the 50% reduction in the barrel wall, the new paramagnetic Chronergy escapement (15% more efficient), the 50% slimmer escapement fork tile, the increase in the power reserve to 70 hours, the redesign or modification of more than 90% of the movement’s components, the doubling of the accuracy of the original chronometer-certified movement, and the 14 patents! And so on. But there is one rather detailed change that is less well known, a modest but conspicuous change that should in fact not be overlooked, and that is the fine adjustment screws on the swing bridge plate.

Speaking of this fine adjustment screw, it was first introduced in the 3XXX base movement, but not until 2015, so it’s not new technology, but it’s a modest change to Cal.3235 or Cal.3255. Before we get to the fine-tuning screw, the first thing we’ll talk about is the fine-tuning screw hidden underneath it, in Cal.3235/Cal.3255, the balance bridge has been very significantly modified compared to its predecessor, except for the fact that the clip that used to hold it in place with a screw above the bridge has disappeared, and the two fine-tuning screws that used to be underneath the bridge are now only one. The function of these screws is to fine-tune the amount of balance clearance by adjusting the position of the bridge plate, during the installation process, the position deviation of the bridge plate will directly affect the position of the pendulum, thus affecting the running time. These two fine-tuning screws, which have been available since Rolex transitioned from the single bridges (bars) of the 30XX, to the 31XX series of movements, show that while the two-arm bridges are more stable and reliable than the original single-arm bridges, and have better positional accuracy, they are not perfect, and there is no room for fine-tuning in the event of positional deviations.

Two fine adjustment screws in the Rolex Cal.3130 movement
Two fine adjustment screws in the Rolex Cal.3130 movement

In all modern Rolex movements, as long as the balance structure of the double arm bridges, there is a fine-tuning structure under the bridges, a move that ensures that even after years of use, if the pendulum or the bridges are out of position, there is still a way to make adjustments without having to replace parts, which provides greater convenience for later maintenance and repair. As the advantages of the stability of the double-arm bridges have become more well known, many brands are using them, such as the new generation of coaxial movements such as Omega’s 85xx and 9xxx series, as well as Audemars Piguet, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Piaget, etc., but without exception, with the exception of Rolex, which uses fine-adjustment screws under the pendulum bridges, none of the other brands have a similar fine-adjustment structure (patent implications?). (I wonder if any of my cousins know about this).

In Rolex’s 31XX series movements, underneath the bridges were two micro-adjustment screws, their edges, both partially exposed, and the baseplate next to them would leave some space for tools to fine-tune the two screws. With the 2015 32XX line of movements, this all changed, the micro-adjustment screw on one side of the bridge plate was eliminated and the other side was still there, but out of thin air, a graduated micro-adjustment screw appeared. In the official Rolex literature, this structure is ignored because it is not new technology and has been “in use” for 16 years.

The fine-tuning screw, in fact, has a gear underneath and engages with the original fine-tuning screw at the bottom. The advantage of having scales is obvious, as they are very easy to quantify and the amount of fine adjustment that can be made per scale should be documented in the official internals. The elimination of a single fine adjustment screw is probably due to the fact that unilateral fine adjustments are considered sufficient, and two-sided fine adjustments are inevitably more cumbersome and less accurate than one side. As previously mentioned, this technology is not new, and looking at all recent Rolex movements, the structure has been in its infancy since the introduction of the 2230 (2235) in 1999, when the additional fine adjustment screw, which was not yet graduated or integrated into the balance bridge, was introduced.

By the year 2000, following a series of changes in the structure of the movement and its components, the Cal. 4130 chronograph movement using this structure, which replaced the 4030 calibre that had been in use for eleven years since 1989, was also semi-integrated into the balance-plate (in 2235, the fine adjustment screw was not secured by a whole plate, in 4130, it shared the balance-plate with the fine adjustment screw). In 2012, the Rolex Sky-Dweller was launched, equipped with the new Cal.9001 automatic movement developed by Rolex, and instead of making the fine-tuning structure of the bridge more streamlined, it became much more complex, with two fine-tuning screws of the 31XX series, one next to each of the fine-tuning screws, and one fine-tuning screw on the bottom of the bridge. “Hide” it.

By 2015 in the 32XX series, the entire fine-tuned structure of the original 41XX series movement was simply integrated into the oscillating bridge plate, and also made to scale. So, it’s not a new technology, but it has evolved, even more so in the 3XXX series for the first time. Rolex movements have always been known for their precision and durability, and behind this, in addition to having many special materials and structures patented by Rolex, a more important point is that most of the components in a Rolex movement can be readjusted at a later stage of maintenance, rather than having to be replaced, so that even a Rolex watch from decades ago can still keep time accurately after maintenance. The silicon hairspring, which was very popular a few years ago, is also fading away in recent years. The main reason is that silicon is too brittle and can only be replaced when damaged. So a really good watch, in addition to good to go now, decades or even hundreds of years later, whether it is easy to be saved is equally important, and undoubtedly, Rolex durability is also reflected in this point.

“Cyclops” gives you a glimpse into the wider world of Rolex.

Some people love them, some people hate them. But whichever view one takes, it cannot be denied that the Cyclops is one of Rolex’s iconic features, a highly innovative invention designed to magnify the calendar window and highlight the time (1945. The Cyclops convex lens, named after the Sicilian giant Cyclops in Greek mythology, was patented by replica Rolex watches  in the early 1950s and introduced with the Chronomat in 1953.

A 1945 Rolex Datejust watch (In 1953, the Datejust series first adopted Cyclops convex lens, but as shown in the picture, the earliest datejust watch did not have this function)
A 1945 Rolex Datejust watch (In 1953, the Datejust series first adopted Cyclops convex lens, but as shown in the picture, the earliest datejust watch did not have this function)

What led to the invention of the Cyclops convex lens? Certain sources claim that Hans Wilsdorf invented the Cyclops to help his wife read the date on his wristwatch (note: a reference to his second wife, Betty Wilsdorf Mettler, as his first wife, May Wilsdorf Crotty, had died in 1944), though of course this claim has not been confirmed by Rolex.

In a February 1953 letter, Wilsdorf wrote: “I am sure that the new Tropical case and mirror, as well as the optical magnifying element, will give us something completely new.” With this in mind, and in order to protect innovation, Rolex issued a “warning statement” in 1955: “To all watchmakers, we draw your attention to the fact that watch mirrors with specially shaped magnifying glasses are patented by Rolex, both in Switzerland and abroad. We will not hesitate to take legal action against any counterfeit.”

A 1955 Rolex Greenwich watch
A 1955 Rolex Greenwich watch
A 1956 day-date watch
A 1956 day-date watch

The Cyclops convex lens was soon extended to all Oyster watches with a date display, and the Greenwich and Day-Date models, introduced in 1955 and 1956 respectively, were also equipped with this feature. The only exception was the Deep Diver, which was not fitted with a Cyclops convex lens for technical reasons relating to the shape and thickness of the lens.

In the early 1970s, the sapphire crystal was first used on the Ref. 5100 Oyster Quartz, then extended to the entire range. Since 2005, Rolex has also applied an anti-reflective coating on both sides of the lens.

Cyclops convex lens
Cyclops convex lens

The Cyclops convex lens has attracted an untold number of fans to Rolex, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t voices on the opposite side. Critics have complained that air bubbles can cut through the flat lens and disrupt the overall harmony of the watch’s design, while the slightly raised lens is also more susceptible to scratches.

So for, or against? The topic has been in the midst of a heated debate. For example, the introduction of the Aquamarine, which was fitted with the Cyclops convex lens for the first time in 2017, sparked a great deal of controversy among the Rolex fan base and even became one of the most controversial topics at Baselworld that year, as the cleanliness of the crystal has been a defining characteristic of the Aquamarine collection for 50 years. Rolex explained that the Cyclops had not been fitted in the past for technical reasons (the lens is highly curved to cope with extreme water depths and high pressures), but that the problem had now been solved. “If you can, why not? After all, the Cyclops convex lens is an iconic element of all Rolex watches with date display windows.”

The Rolex Deep Diving 126660 watch is currently the only watch with a date display window but not equipped with a Cyclops convex lens.
The Rolex Deep Diving 126660 watch is currently the only watch with a date display window but not equipped with a Cyclops convex lens.

Currently, the only watch that has a date window but is not fitted with a Cyclops convex lens is the Deep Submariner. In order to achieve water resistance to a depth of 3,900 meters, the Deep Submersible is fitted with an extra thick sapphire crystal and therefore can no longer be fitted with a convex lens. We will have to wait for Rolex to come up with a new solution.

Searching the web, one can even see some attempts to remove the Cyclops lens from a Rolex (highly discouraged), and of course, some people have upgraded their watches with it. Beyond its practicality, the Cyclops lens has become one of Rolex’s most iconic features. Even though some of its competitors have used or are using them, such as Seiko, TAG Heuer and Cartier (some even place them underneath the lens), the Cyclops lens belongs only to Rolex. It’s safe to say that without the Cyclops convex lens, the Logbook would not be the Logbook model it is today.

Luxury in a nutshell: the Rolex Day Date II with diamonds

The Day Date II, which debuted in 2008, continues the tradition of the original Day Date model and is the first of its kind. A watch with a full day display. The Day Date II is available in a variety of languages to suit the needs of leaders from different countries. Its ingenious mechanism ensures that the day and the date replica Rolex watches can be jumped on at the same time, ensuring the high precision of a Rolex watch. Today the Watch House presents a brief review of the Rolex Day-Date II, the official model number. 218348A-82318.

Rolex Day-Date Series 218348A-82318 watch
Rolex Day-Date Series 218348A-82318 watch

The Day Date II is a symbol of nobility and purity. Oyster-shaped case in 18kt yellow gold. The outer bezel is triangularly pitted and set with high quality diamonds. The Day Date II is available in a range of different colours and materials to suit the wearer’s personality, taste and tastefulness. Choices need to be made.

Waterproof to 100 meters (330 feet), the Oyster case features a unique middle case made of a single solid piece of 18-karat yellow gold Cast. The triangulated caseback is screwed on with a special tool of the Rolex watchmaker to make the case completely sealed.

Rolex Day-Date Series 218348A-82318 watch
Rolex Day-Date Series 218348A-82318 watch

The winding crown is water-resistant with a Rolex patented double-locking system that allows it to be screwed securely onto the case. The crystal is made of scratch-resistant sapphire. The completely sealed Oyster case gives the precision Rolex movement the ultimate protection against water, dust, pressure and impact.

The strap with a half-loop three-piece link was specially created for the Oyster Perpetual Day Date model introduced in 1956. An icon of quality and comfort, the unique Day Date is not only made of carefully selected precious materials, but also features a timepiece with a date display. It is fitted with an elaborate Führer-type bracelet. In addition, this bracelet can also be found on some of the Precious Metal Journal models. All Führer-type straps are fitted with a concealed crown clasp.

Rolex Day-Date Series 218348A-82318 watch
Rolex Day-Date Series 218348A-82318 watch

In addition to a small window displaying the date, the Day Date II also features a curved window at 12 o’clock that allows the watch to be displayed in a separate window. Display the day of the week in full. At midnight, the day of the week and the calendar on the watch display change instantaneously at the same time, and the disc system that controls this function reveals the subtlety of the day. The mechanical process. With a diameter of 42 mm, the day of the week display at 12 o’clock is available in 26 languages; the convex The magnifying date window magnifies the date figures by 2.5 times. The day and date can be easily adjusted by winding the crown.

The watch is powered by a self-winding caliber 3156, entirely developed by Rolex. It has been awarded the Swiss Official Chronometer Certification, a distinction reserved for watches that have successfully passed the Swiss Chronometer Testing Centre (SCTC) test. A precision watch tested by the COSC. As with all Oyster movements, the construction of this movement guarantees unparalleled reliability. The oscillating weight of the movement, the heart of the watch, is equipped with a stabilizing balance, fine-tuned by the gold MICROSTELLA. The height of the screws precisely adjusts their inertial oscillation period. The oscillating counterbalance is mounted in the PARAFLEX shock-absorbing mechanism, which is securely supported by parallel, height-adjustable bridges. Developed in-house and patented by Rolex, the PARAFLEX cushion increases the shock resistance of the watch by 50%. The Rolex Day of the Week calendar is a collection made entirely of precious metals and was originally intended for a number of prestigious customers. Created by prominent and successful people.