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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II 218235 Luxury Watch Review

http://www.thewatchbox.com Hail to the Chief, one last time. The Rolex Day-Date II has joined the collector-coveted ranks of discontinued Rolex models as of 2015, replaced by the smaller "Day-Date 40mm." But take one look at this 41mm Day Date II in 18-karat gold, and see what future "presidents" will be missing. The Day-Date II features a trifecta of advantages for collectors: it's a discontinued Rolex *flagship* model; production was brief (2008-'14); and the Day-Date II is destined to remain the largest Rolex "President" available new or pre-owned. And thewatchbox.com has one of the last examples to leave Geneva. Rolex's Day-Date and Day-Date II are known universally as the Rolex "President." It's not hard to guess why. Every U.S. president from Kennedy to Clinton wore a variant of the watch. But none was fortunate enough to wear the 41mm Day-Date II. Their loss. The Day-Date II features high-impact wrist presence. It combines the elegant detailing of a dress watch with the robust stance of a sports watch. This example's stunning combination of 18-karat Rolex Rolesor red gold and matte black dial compounds the effect. Not only does the watch pack the visual punch of a much larger timepiece, but it lands that blow with a "velvet glove." Nuance is good, and Rolex makes deft use of refined details to prevent this half-pound-plus of gold Day-Date from overwhelming the optic nerves of onlookers. Contrasting finish is key; Rolex employs judicious use of brushed and polished surfaces to create definition. The sharp creases of the fluted bezel radiate outward and create a sharp contrast with the smooth arc of the case flanks. Within the dial, Rolex continues the theme of high-impact visuals. A matte black dial provides the ideal backdrop for an array of applied Roman numerals in rose gold. The matching baton hands complement the numerals and unify the dial from their junction point at center. At the periphery of the golden Roman hour track, a small "train track" chapter ring provides a visual buffer between the numerals and the case wall. Like every great composition, micro and macro measures work in concert to complete the totality. While the timepiece nicknamed the "President," the legendary three-link President bracelet bears that name in earnest. With its fine alternating finish, seamless "Crownclasp" junction, and milled clasp, the latest Rolex President bracelet does justice to the grandeur of its namesake. thewatchbox.com is proud to offer this Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II 218235 with a full suite of Rolex factory boxes, manuals, documents of provenance, and the balance of Rolex's factory warranty. Having been purchased in December of 2014, this Day-Date II retains the balance of Rolex's factory warranty coverage. See it in high-resolution images on www.thewatchbox.com Video and content by Tim Mosso.