A white gold Rolex Day-Date is a serious piece of hardware. Crafted from Rolex’s own solid white gold (most brands use plated pseudo-white gold), the full-bracelet 36mm Rolex Day-Date 118239 feels sublime on the wrist. Add a stunning diamond-set sunburst anthracite metallic dial, and the deep impact of this this Rolex “President” could put a Doomsday meteorite to shame.
Since 1955, the Rolex Day-Date has stood at the top of the company’s legendary collection. While larger, more complex, and more famous references have come and gone, the Patrician hauteur and unwavering owner reverence for the Day-Date gave birth to its enduring legend and nickname that says it all: President.
Truth be told, any 21st century president wearing a watch this grand had better be ready for some serious scrutiny, because the Rolex 118239 is anything but a watch of and for the masses. On the wrist, the signature “President” bracelet (for the bracelet, the Presidential moniker *is* official) debuted with full solid links and a milled clasp for the six-digit reference. As a result, it contains far more gold and heft than its predecessors.
But the dial of the Day-Date is what sets it apart. With a gorgeous metallic sunburst grain and inset diamonds, this is no “president” – it’s a king. While the use of diamonds on men’s watches can polarize opinion, few pull off the trick with the elegance and coherence of this Rolex 118239. All of the greyscale elements – dial, gold hands, gold bezel, and white diamonds – combine for a staggering array of textures and reflective effects.
Inside the classically squat (36mm x 12mm thick) Rolex Oyster case, the Day-Date packs a precision punch to rival its sharp appearance. The Rolex caliber 3155 automatic offers the precision of a COSC-certified Swiss Chronometer with the toughness of a sports watch. Like the Submariner, GMT-Master II, and Sea-Dweller family, the Day-Date features a sturdy balance bridge, free sprung balance, and hand manufactured Breguet overcoil hairspring.
Combined with 100-meter (330-foot) water resistance, that’s a package that will keep the President ticking through even the toughest campaigns on land, sea… or Capitol Hill.
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