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The New Rolex Day-Date 40 in Everose Gold with a Slate Ombré Dial

This new reference is an exclusive and welcome addition to the powerful Day-Date 40 series.

| By Denis Peshkov | 2 min read |

Rolex is broadening its higher-end collection with the addition to the Oyster Perpetual Day-Date 40 collection of an ombré slate dial within the line-up (understand a gradient toned dial). Notably, Rolex ombré dials were previously exclusive to the Day-Date 36. This new reference introduces another first: faceted, deconstructed Roman numerals and index hour markers in 18 ct pink gold on its ombré dial, a departure from the diamond hour markers typically found on such dials.

The Oyster case, meticulously crafted and water-resistant up to 100m, boasts a diameter of 40mm and a thickness of 12mm, featuring the iconic fluted bezel, a screw-down solid caseback with delicate fluting, all meticulously crafted from 18ct gold, complemented by a matching twin lock screw-down crown. Protecting the dial is a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating, including a cyclops lens over the date window at 3 o’clock. The dial showcases a slate ombré, a distinctive hue for such a design, transitioning gradually from a central colour to a deep black at the edges, achieved through a meticulous application of black lacquer. With a glossy finish and a sunray effect, the dial truly stands out. The arched aperture for the weekday indication sits above the crown logo, maintaining its traditional position since the model’s inception in 1956. Notably, Rolex provides the option for the day of the week to be displayed in 26 languages. The handset, including the hour, minutes, and centre seconds, is made from pink gold, ensuring a seamless golden harmony with the rest of the elements, including the crown logo and accompanying text.

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The new Rolex Day-Date 40 is powered by the automatic calibre 3255, unveiled in 2015, which has been the driving force behind the range ever since. With approximately 70 hours of power reserve and a chronometric precision of +/-2 seconds per day, this calibre ensures a Rolex-grade reliable performance. Among its innovations is the patented Chronergy escapement, crafted from nickel-phosphorus, which not only offers high energy efficiency and remarkable resistance to strong magnetic fields but ensures dependable operation.

The new Rolex Day-Date 40 in Everose gold (ref. 228235), with a slate ombré dial, is fitted with a three-link President bracelet in Everose gold, with polished centre links and satin-finished outer links with polished edges. It is closed with a signature concealed folding clasp in matching material. The price is CHF 39,800. For more, please visit

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