We are here to review one of the newest additions to our Rolex President Collection at Diamonds By Raymond Lee, the Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Day-Date 40. In this review, we are going to talk about the Day-Date 40 collection, why Rose Gold is so popular right now, and then we are going to cover all the specs and details of this Rose Gold Chocolate Roman Dial Day-Date 40, including the price on the second-hand market.
While the Rolex Day-Date, aka the Rolex President, has been around since 1956, the Day-Date 40 is a much younger creation, having been released at Baselworld in 2015.
Needless to say, the Day-Date 40 has all of the same DNA as the original Day-Date. It is just a more refined, sizable and robust version.
Like all Rolex Presidents, the Day-Date 40 only comes in precious metals. You have platinum, yellow gold, white gold, and rose gold, like the watch you see here.
The Day-Date 40 is the ultimate prestige watch. In fact, it is more than a watch, it is a status symbol. Owning a Day-Date 40 is an immediate expression of success, sophistication, and style.
Currently, Rolex produces the Day-Date President Watch in two sizes, the classic 36mm and the 40mm Day-Date 40. The Day-Date 40 was the successor to the Day Day II (41mm) back in 2015.
Keeping with the times, Rolex knew the 40mm Day-Date was a must. People want larger watches these days, and that applies to dress watches. This is just a modernized version of the classic 36mm Rolex President. Nothing has changed but the proportions, along with some new innovations…
And while the Day-Date II (41mm) was very popular, maybe Rolex felt it was just a little too big. For those who are used to the 36mm Day-Date, the 40mm case size is a much easier jump than the 41mm. 1 millimeter may not seem like a lot, but in the Rolex realm, it is quite significant.
All in all, if you are looking for an absolutely stunning, undeniably modern, and incredibly functional dress watch that is instantly recognizable no matter where you are on the planet, the Day-Date 40 is the best of the best. There is no other watch as classic and cultured as the Day-Date President. It is truly the President of dress watches.
There is no question that yellow gold is the most classic Rolex President. When you think of a traditional Rolex President, the yellow gold is the one that comes to mind. However, these days, the yellow gold is not the most popular, it is the Rose Gold that has the most attention.
Yes, the yellow gold is still a classic, and it is still very desirable, especially for those who love yellow gold (and there’s a lot of yellow gold lovers out there). But, in the last decade, the Rose Gold President is flying off the shelf at a much faster pace.
In fact, it is not just the Day-Date that people want in rose gold. The rose gold rush applies to all brands of dress and sports watches as well as jewelry.
Now, we could bring white gold and platinum into the mix when discussing the popularity of precious metal for the Day-Date, but the biggest debate is always “should I get the yellow gold or the rose gold President”. They are just more standout timepieces. People who like white metal, well, they like white metal so the decision is not that difficult. Platinum is great if you can afford it and if you like the smooth bezel, as the Rolex Day-Date 40 in Platinum only comes with a smooth bezel, not the fluted bezel of the golds.
Let’s go over some of the features of a Rolex yellow gold President vs a rose gold President. And take note, this isn’t just any rose gold, it is Rolex’s patented Everose gold, which we will get into shortly.
Yellow gold is classic. It is the king of all golds. It has a gorgeous luster that white and rose gold simply can’t compete with. However, it is decidedly more in your face. Some may even say it is tacky and outdated. We disagree, but we can understand the sentiment a bit.
Rose gold on the other hand is subtle and stealthy, yet it is still very luxurious. Rolex’s Everose gold has a very special sheen, shine and warmth. It is rich, yet understated. What’s more, rose gold goes with pretty much any skin tone. And while rose gold is the most current style, it provides an almost vintage look that people these days absolutely adore.
All in all, Rose Gold is markedly the most popular choice for the Rolex Day-Date 40 right now. Not to mention, sports watches and dress watches across the board. This is why every brand in watchmaking has released a rose gold version of their most popular models.
That said, it is still a matter of personal preference and you will see love for all styles of the Day-Date 40.