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Old 7 April 2008, 02:00 AM   #1
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Rolex Day-Date II - 2008

TECHNICAL FEATURES:

CASE
The Day-Date II case is crafted from a block of 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold,
or platinum. With a diameter of 41 mm, it is comfortable to wear and aesthetically
pleasing. Fitted with a fluted or polished bezel, it is waterproof to a depth of 100
metres (330 feet).

MOVEMENT
The Day-Date II is equipped with the new calibre 3156, designed and manufactured
entirely by Rolex. It is fitted with new PARAFLEX shock absorbers as well as a
PARACHROM hairspring, extremely resistant to shocks and magnetic fields.
Certified as a chronometer by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute
(COSC), it has a power reserve of 48 hours.

Weight:
Gold - 220 grams
Platinum - 278 grams

DIAL
The Day-Date II features new dials, available with either traditional or more contemporary
designs.

BRACELET
For optimal comfort,the Day-Date II is equipped with a new Super-President
bracelet and a Crownclasp, the Rolex patented invisible clasp.


REFERENCE: 218206 – 83216
Platinum case
Polished bezel
Matt black dial with black Arabic numerals
Platinum case
Polished bezel
Ice-blue dial with Roman numerals

REFERENCE: 218238 – 83218
18 ct yellow gold case
Fluted bezel
Ivory dial with Arabic numbers

REFERENCE: 218235 – 83215
18 ct Everose gold case
Fluted bezel
Pink dial with Roman numerals

REFERENCE: 218239 – 83219
18 ct white gold case
Fluted bezel
Ivory dial with Roman numerals

Rolex has made a bold move with their new Day-Date flagship. The case size has been increased to a respectable 41mm, and a new movement has been announced:


The bracelet is 21mm at the lugs but narrows to the standard size near the ends, so retailers will only have to stock one size of spare link. The platinum bracelet also features ceramic tubes, inset into the links & the swivel pins run inside the tubes, making the bracelet more flexible and less inclined to the 'binding up' that Platinum is prone to.

From the Rolex BaselWorld Press Kit:
The Day-Date II stands out. In 18 ct yellow, white or Everose gold, and also in
platinum, this is a watch for the man who appreciates classical elegance and the
strength of innovation. The Day-Date II is the quintessence of Rolex’s savoir-faire.
This majestic watch has a 41 mm case and a movement with a PARACHROM
hairspring, highly resistant to shocks and magnetic fields. It is equipped with new
PARAFLEX shock absorbers. Both features contribute to the watch’s chronometric
precision and remarkable reliability.
To further enhance the strong identity of the Day-Date II, a new range of dials has
been introduced with a combination of contemporary and traditional designs. The
Super-President bracelet with a Crownclasp adds the final touch and offers the
level of comfort expected in such a watch.
The Day-Date II therefore continues the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date’s very long
heritage and exemplifies perfect mastery of the art of watchmaking.
When it appeared in 1956, the Day-Date was a ground-breaking innovation, as it
was the first watch to display the day of the week spelt out in full. It immediately
met with great acclaim becoming recognised around the world as the watch of
decision makers and influential personalities.
Today, the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II opens a new chapter in a history ever dedicated to excellence and prestige.


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Old 18 June 2008, 06:30 AM   #2
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Is this comparison shot I made of any use?

If not - please delete!

N.B. because it is two pics joined it is not to scale, so not designed to show size difference - just design differences.



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Old 22 June 2008, 12:00 PM   #3
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the black dial with arabic in plat is stunning!
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Old 23 June 2008, 12:04 AM   #4
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Is this comparison shot I made of any use?

If not - please delete!

N.B. because it is two pics joined it is not to scale, so not designed to show size difference - just design differences.



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AFter seing them both in person Harry, what's your opinion of the DD II? it looks to me that the bezel might be too wide for the watch?
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Old 23 June 2008, 10:33 AM   #5
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AFter seing them both in person Harry, what's your opinion of the DD II? it looks to me that the bezel might be too wide for the watch?
mailman - IMHO it is not just the width of the bezel - it is also the angle and finish of the bezel. It is not domed like the Day-Date and it has a mirror polished shine.

So - I just fear it will be a scratch magnet.

Then again, at the MSRP of the Day Date II in Platinum - I doubt it is a problem I will ever have personally :) :(

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Old 23 June 2008, 09:38 PM   #6
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mailman - IMHO it is not just the width of the bezel - it is also the angle and finish of the bezel. It is not domed like the Day-Date and it has a mirror polished shine.

So - I just fear it will be a scratch magnet.

Then again, at the MSRP of the Day Date II in Platinum - I doubt it is a problem I will ever have personally :) :(

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Old 14 July 2008, 02:26 PM   #7
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I was just at my local AD, he saw my watch (WG DD W/Diamonds) and obviously jumped on me, seeing how i was only 21 i knew he wanted to test me out, and they always ask to see IDS to take out the DD which i was looking at. I asked him if it was 41mm and then he paused and said"No sir, only REAL Rolex are made in 36mm" I then laughed and said so then I said so these are not the DDII? he seemed puzzled, and pulled out the book and said the wont get them till November of 08, prolly even later. Where are these pics coming from? He then tried to sell me a Plat masterpiece with meteorite dial and diamond bezel, haha.
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Old 15 July 2008, 06:48 AM   #8
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I was just at my local AD, he saw my watch (WG DD W/Diamonds) and obviously jumped on me, seeing how i was only 21 i knew he wanted to test me out, and they always ask to see IDS to take out the DD which i was looking at. I asked him if it was 41mm and then he paused and said"No sir, only REAL Rolex are made in 36mm" I then laughed and said so then I said so these are not the DDII? he seemed puzzled, and pulled out the book and said the wont get them till November of 08, prolly even later. Where are these pics coming from? He then tried to sell me a Plat masterpiece with meteorite dial and diamond bezel, haha.
Same here only I was wearing my White Milly. I saw about the Day Date in the case and asked if it was one of the new 41mm's or not. The saleslady said it was, and pulled it out of the case. It was smaller than my Milly though, and I was like "No this is the old style". She proceeded to turn to another woman in the store (I was the only customer) and asked if any of the Rolexes were 41mm, but poses the question as if I was the one wanting to know

I told her that I was only interested the the DD. Then she asked what was on my wrist after staring at it for several minutes... I left
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Old 15 July 2008, 10:14 AM   #9
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My three year old son saw the pictures of the watches in this thread and was saying "Nice watch, Daddy" in the background.

He might be getting the itch. Very nice pictures and great review. Thanks for sharing a thought out review.

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Old 19 July 2008, 02:59 PM   #10
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I think the blue one is incredible. Such a gorgeous watch.
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Old 28 July 2008, 03:04 AM   #11
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The new polished bezel looks remarkably similar to the one on the Milgauss....with that being a 41mm case too, perhaps Rolex are beginning to move away from the old domed polished bezel?
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Old 2 September 2008, 10:57 AM   #12
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I just noticed that the dial says Day-Date and not Day-Date II... does this mean that the Day-Date (36mm) will be discontinued?
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Old 4 September 2008, 03:29 AM   #13
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I think the blue one is incredible. Such a gorgeous watch.
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Old 13 September 2008, 05:04 PM   #14
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wow. very HOT!
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Old 15 September 2008, 06:45 AM   #15
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I think the blue one is incredible. Such a gorgeous watch.
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This is the ONE that has me worried I'll be parting with cash unless I can muster enough willpower. Would even flip one or two current ones to help.
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Old 16 September 2008, 05:44 AM   #16
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I am so sick of waiting for some real wrist shots from a real owner... You mean no one here has one of these yet? :)
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Old 16 September 2008, 05:47 AM   #17
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Old 17 September 2008, 11:22 AM   #18
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once I win the Euro Million jackpot Ill pop down to buy a DDII plat with blue dial/roman numerals!! that is for sure..

oh yeah.. and a sub II bluesy plat.. oh and a SS Datejust plus Breguets, AP, Patek and many more :-D
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Holy Crap, thae pic of the DD2 in PL with the glacier blue dial is stunning.
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Old 5 October 2008, 12:36 PM   #20
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The flagship of the new Day-Date II is the platinum Ref 218206 Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II with a polished bezel and a Super President bracelet which has a manufacturers suggested retail price of US$51050.

Adding 8 round and 2 baguette diamonds on the dial brings the price up to $53550.

The Ref 218235 Oyster Perpetual Day-Date II in 18k rose gold with a fluted bezel and a Super President bracelet has a MRSP of $30200. Adding 8 round and 2 baguette diamonds on the dial will set you back $32700.

The 18k white gold model of the Day-Date II (Ref 218239) is priced the same as the rose gold model.

Priced a bit lower is the 18k yellow gold Ref 218238 with a MSRP of $27650.
Adding 8 round and 2 baguette diamonds on the dial $30150.

All the gold models are only available with fluted bezels.
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Really not a fan of the polished bezel on the Platinum, I would never buy that. It would need to have some diamonds around it to cover it up.
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Old 6 October 2008, 12:05 PM   #22
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All the gold models are only available with fluted bezels.
Sorry to hear that , the round bezel on my Day-Date is one of my favorite features , and sets the watch apart from most other DD's .

Personally , I am not thrilled overall with the watch - To me it seems Rolex is messing with perfection in the name of getting on the big watch trend , just IMO .
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Old 11 October 2008, 02:19 PM   #23
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The gold models weigh in at ~220 grams with the platinum a bit heavier at 278gms.
I put on two watches on the same wrist today, to approximate the 278 grams. That would be fairly heavy for me (I am 5'-11" weight around 175 lbs.).
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Old 12 October 2008, 01:21 AM   #24
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Not the best pictures for comparison, but it does appear both drawings are more or less to scale:


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Old 12 October 2008, 09:53 AM   #25
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The bezel just is not very attractive. I don't understand why they would go and make it so much... fatter. I don't even think being fluted would save it... the only thing that could is diamonds.
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Old 12 October 2008, 11:02 AM   #26
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While I cannot say for certain whether these images are exactly to scale, they do appear to be close enough.




The Rolex Milgauss, which has a bezel similar in design to the Rolex Day-Date II, has a slimmer bezel relative to the dial and appears more "balanced." The Day-Date II has a more imposing look to it.

Pictures from SwissLuxury.
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Old 13 October 2008, 09:18 PM   #27
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I'll stick to the original, better proportions!
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Old 17 October 2008, 02:02 AM   #29
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I don't know, the new Platinum one is starting to grow on me.
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platinum too pricey for me...
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