Rolex Day-Date 40 White Gold Meteorite Dial 228239 Watch Hands-On

Rolex Day-Date 40 White Gold Meteorite Dial 228239 Watch Hands-On

At Baselworld 2018,  Rolex presented another meteorite dial alternative for the 18ct white gold variant of the Day-Date 40 (reference 228239) . Rolex at present sells an adaptation of the Cosmograph Daytona chronograph with a meteorite dial, however the normal material is generally uncommon in today’s assortment of Rolex watches. Given its natural and metallic translucent stylish, meteorite has been valued as a dial material for quite a long time—that it comes from space adds another component of significant worth as well.

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Rolex sets this meteorite dial with roll cut jewel hour markers, making this a lavish yet tasteful watch. Adding enlivening components, similar to jewels, makes it trying to hold the manly personality of a watch, yet the nuance of the precious stone hour markers makes it work. Obviously, the dial has windows for the day of the week at 12 o’clock and for the date at 3 o’clock. Indeed, when the Rolex Day-Date watch was initially presented in 1956, it was the primary wristwatch that had a dial which demonstrated both the date and the day of the week.


The Day-Date 40 is accessible just in gold or platinum, and it has what some consider to be Rolex’s most enduringly exemplary plan. Truly, some watch aficionados may contend that their most famous plan is the Submariner—yet given that standard crowds will in general perceive the Day-Date and Datejust all the more promptly, that honor ought to be given to the “Rolex President.”

A few years prior, Rolex updated the Day-Date II model to the Day-Date 40. It was a significant redesign, as it was the principal Rolex watch to highlight the company’s new 32XX group of in-house developments. The Day-Date 40 contains the Rolex type 3255 programmed development, which is in-house affirmed as a “Superlative Chronometer.” The meteorite dial Day-Date 40 is the main Rolex to show the small Rolex crown put between “Swiss Made” under the 6 o’clock hour marker, which is a visual pointer that the watch houses this cutting edge movement.

The type 3255 programmed development works at 4Hz with 70 hours of force save and highlights the time, date, and day of the week marker. The development likewise guarantees exactness of +/ – 2 seconds out of every day. As far as I can tell ,the 3255 and other 32XX family developments perform truly well, with undeniable degrees of precision and steadfastness. The 18ct white gold Rolex Oyster case is water impervious to 100 meters and has a screw-down crown alongside a sapphire gem. Obviously, the “Cyclops lens” over the date causes one read it more easily.


I discovered the meteorite dial to be an excellent and compelling expansion to the Rolex Day-Date 40 subject. Rolex utilizes just top quality materials, particularly for its better quality assortments, so you get an incredible piece of regular material that is both intelligible and valuable. One of the allures of this watch is the collection of uncommon materials in a single item, as it combines 18ct white gold, jewels, and meteorite, which are all viewed as valuable materials. While the genuine market shortage of these materials can be discussed, one of the reasons for coordinating these materials together is to upgrade the inborn worth of the watch.

At 40mm wide and not especially thick, the Day-Date 40 ref. 228239 wears pleasantly. One reason that the watch is outwardly more modest than it is in all actuality is on the grounds that the width of the arm band appears to shrivel the size of the case, which is as per Rolex’s want to underline the President wristband. Entirely comfortable on the wrist, the adjusted three-interface style arm band profits by having a “hidden” deployant catch for a uniform look from end to end.

White gold is an exceptionally sumptuous material, yet it frequently doesn’t give off an impression of being more than steel. The additional load of white gold implies that it wears uniquely in contrast to steel, yet except if you end up being around a watch lover who realizes that the Day-Date 40 just comes in gold and platinum, the watch could without much of a stretch be confused with treated steel. With precious stones on the eye-getting meteorite dial, this specific Rolex President falls in line among lavishness and nuance, further adding to its character and character. Accessible soon, the Rolex Day-Date 40 reference 228239 in 18ct white gold with the meteorite dial and jewel hour markers has a retail cost of $46,750 USD. rolex.com