The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date "President" is an icon that transcends time and fashion. Little changed since its 1956 debut, the Day-Date is the flagship of the Rolex model line. Think about that; the ultimate watch in the world's most coveted watch lineup.
This one tops all: it's an 18-karat yellow gold Rolex President with a complementary gold dial graced with corresponding gold day-date discs and a “railroad” chapter ring. Combine the above with applied yellow gold Roman numeral minute markers and matching hands, and the result is a watch that impresses even seasoned connoisseurs of the Day-Date line.
Gold watches are a Rolex specialty. The Geneva watchmaker stands among the few Swiss brands that own their foundries and blend their own alloys. While competitors rely on third-party contractors and guilds to prepare cases, bracelets, and clasps, Rolex controls the entire process from initial alloy engineering to the final hand-finishing of eachn stamped 18-karat case.
A Rolex "President" bracelet in matching yellow gold features the famous three-link design and seamless Crownclasp. The only cue as to the location of the clasp is a discreet five-point Rolex coronet that can be used to open the mechanism.
Of the three principal Rolex bracelets (Jubilee, Oyster, President), the President strikes the best balance of masculinity and refinement. The contrasting finish, impressive heft, and precision manufacturing tolerances of the President place it in a class by itself; Patek Philippe does no better.
Inside the belly of the beast, an automatic Rolex caliber 3155 provides chronometer-grade timing accuracy with Rolex durability. The convenient double-quickset feature enables a user to set both day and date indications from the second crown position without endlessly cycling the hands.
This Rolex Day Date 18238 "President" in 18-karat yellow gold, with full gold bracelet, clasp, dial, and Roman numerals can be viewed in high-resolution images on www.watchuwant.com. Video and content by Tim Mosso.