To this day, Rolex still makes some extremely rare watches. And when you encounter one, things start as unassumingly as a green box, hardly at all different from the one most of their watches come in, with a Rolex crown at “6 o’clock.” You might agree that this is the typical presentation of a watch built The Rolex Way. What we are looking at today, however, is not your well-known Rolex, but one so rare it is not even listed on the official website or any catalogue. It is extremely hard to come by, mind-bendingly expensive, impeccably made, and shall remain aspirational even for the majority of “one-percenters.” This is the all-factory, solid-platinum Rolex Day-Date 40 Green Emerald Reference 228396TEM, priced very close to the half-a-million-dollar mark. This model is based on the updated Rolex “President” (Day-Date) watch family that debuted in 2015.
Rolex has never failed to remain the most well-known aspirational watch, the marker of a certain achievement or milestone in one’s life; and even when those are moments in the past, a bog-standard Omega V Rolex Watches Replica will still stand out as “the Rolex” even in the largest watch collections of the world. Once you lift the decidedly heavy, green presentation box lid, you are greeted with the most simple and yet complex views of all: some soft padding in beige, a green Rolex tag that indicates an extended Rolex warranty and a more stringent accuracy of -2/+2 seconds per day… and, bang in the middle, one of the rarest watches available today – or, in fact, in a very long time – from Rolex.
You may remember seeing some “blinged-out” Rolexes on the wrists of C-list rappers and other, untypical Rolex clientele, but those watches have as much on this, as said “musicians” on anyone who can actually read sheet music – not much. Given the types of watches we cover on aBlogtoWatch, we very scarcely have to highlight the fact that a watch (and especially a modern one) is “all-factory.” The reason it matters so much in this case is because Rolex watches, even original ones in precious metals, are sometimes subjected to aftermarket bling-treatments, where their dials and bezels are modified by fitting stones to them. Needless to say, the resulting aftermarket pieces are almost exclusively horrendous in their execution, and even if they weren’t, they couldn’t come close to the work attainable only by Rolex and its army of gemologists (see point 8 here for more details on that).
On a Rolex, the single dot below the crown’s “crown” logo indicates: platinum.
An important reason these high-jewelry watches from Rolex Watches Starting Price Replica are so rare is that they do actually take a very long time to make – to craft a gem-set bezel (just the bezel) can take between one and two weeks, depending on the color scheme and how challenging the stones are to work with. We talked about this a bit more after visiting the Rolex manufacture that included a visit to their gem-setting department. With the Rolex Day-Date 40 Green Emerald, we are looking at a combination of diamonds and emeralds, so let us briefly discuss how Rolex chooses and applies stones for use in such high-jewelry pieces.
The crystal, like on many Panerais, is just way too reflective. I have a theory that states this extra reflectivity provides a respectful, unidentified feeling of enhanced “luxury” to people who know absolutely nothing about watches and are just going with the “the shinier the more precious” approach. Given the wide popularity and market that Panerai is in, I suppose this is a strategy that works. This noted, I really cannot think of any other potential explanation — and I know even this one is a bit of a stretch. Nonetheless, the reflectivity of the crystal is indeed “great” that it provides a remarkably sharp picture of whatever is behind or you over. You can see your face when you look at it or the back of your telephone as you try and have a picture, or the person leaves on the trees over. Under some lighting conditions, reflectivity is not too bad — it is in outdoor environments where it actually becomes overly much.Wearability has been outstanding, even though this 45mm version, again, is more ideal for those with 7.5″ or bigger wrists. Because it’s thin, the PAM674 doesn’t get caught up on sleeves, it only slides under, making it that much more comfy to wear. The strap I ended up sporting with all the PAM674, however, was that this tan bit from Junik, which worked so much better using the general looks. When buying, I would definitely request the boutique/store to replace the mill black strap to something of this color since, as a daily wearer, this is just a much more lively, but no less elegant combination. Additional you can always pick up an aftermarket black strap for twenty bucks or so to put on on more formal events.
As for color, Rolex says it only sets superior quality diamonds in the colorless category. In terms of cut, which is a decisive factor for the brilliance of a diamond, Rolex uses full cut (or brilliant cut), 8/8, trapeze or baguette cut stones selected from the first two categories of the professional classification scale. In this instance, the full pavé dial features brilliant cut diamonds both around the periphery of the dial, framing the indices (a particularly neat detail that I just noticed when looking at the images like the one above), and – well – pretty much everywhere else there was available space on the dial. We will add that while there are other good gem-setters out there, most after-market precious stone setting on Rolex timepieces is not nearly as good as what comes from the Rolex factory.
For models set with colored gemstones – rubies, sapphires, or, in this case, emeralds – Rolex takes particular care in ensuring that all the stones on a given watch are of the same hue, using a combination of a long sorting process carried out by hand, stone by stone in the Rolex workshops, as well as by using one of Rolex’s several sophisticated machines that are, Rolex says, usually only found in independent gemological laboratories. The result is genuinely incredible – if one is familiar with precious stones and gems, it is no secret that it takes sorting through hundreds, if not thousands of pieces to find a bezel-worth of stones that are such a perfect match in color. If anything, it is almost (I said almost!) too perfect as, frankly, I hitherto thought such impeccable matching of colors and shapes would only be possible if every stone were entirely artificial.