The 41 mm Day Date II is the watch for the movers and shakers of the world.
Back in 2008 the fine watch world saw a massive shift from norm. The standard men’s watch size had been 36mm for some time, but highly successful men were starting to look to watch models that had an even stronger visual impact that matched their strengths in leadership and innovation.
This trend towards larger watches prompted Rolex to create the 41mm Day Date II featuring the president bracelet. The larger Day Date II had a commanding look that featured the same functionality and design as the classic 36mm Day Date.
Everything about the Day Date II screams influence and prestige.
Unfortunately, the 41mm version of this watch is no longer in production today. Rolex elected to move back to a slightly smaller 40mm dial to create a look that was more in-line with the original Day Date models. This makes the 41mm Day Date II a highly sought after prize in the watch world.
If you are interested in owning your own Day Date II, there a few things you need to know first:
The Day Date II is often mistakenly called the “President” or “Presidential”. While the watch does have Presidential ties as far back as Eisenhower, the real reason for the nickname is it’s bracelet.
The Day Date II features Rolex’s iconic President bracelet; a refined band originally created in 1956 for the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date. Rolex has used this band almost exclusively on the Day-Date line with the exception of a few ladies Datejust models in gold or platinum. The President bracelet features semi-circular three piece links and a concealed Crownclasp.
You won’t find any stainless steel models of the Day Date II. To strengthen the watches reputation as a timepiece for the elite, Rolex only creates these watches in 18ct yellow, rose, and white gold as well as 950 platinum.
The Case, Bezel, and Dial
The Day Date 41 features Rolex’s popular hermetically sealed Oyster case. This case makes use of sapphire crystal, a fluted case back and the patented Twinlock double waterproofness system to keep all dust and water from entering the watch. The Day-Date II can be found with a smooth or fluted bezel, but Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers is able to customize the bezel with diamonds upon request!
Rolex has created several different dial colors and designs like the above “Tiger” dial for the Day Date, but the most important feature is the one that has stayed the same since 1956 – the day and date functions. In our opinion, these features are the most important required elements for a watch to be considered a “daily wear”.
The day and date features on the Day Date II’s dial is what sets it apart from the crowd.
The 41mm Day Date is powered by the Rolex calibre 3156 movement and features a Parachrom hairspring as well as the Rolex Paraflex shock absorbers. The most important feature of the calibre 3156 is it’s use of a day and date disc mechanism that change together exactly at midnight.
Don’t just take our word for it – you need to see this watch for yourself.
Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers has the featured Day Date II for this post (ref. 218235BRWAP) in stock and available for viewing! Schedule an appointment today to see our incredible Rolex collection along with several other fine watch brands.
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