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When in Rome

November 17, 2015

BY Paul Altieri


Three ways to sport the classic Roman numeral dial

Roman numerals always bring a touch of classical elegance to a Rolex dress watch for a look that is timeless and elegant. If you’ve ever looked closely at a dial with Roman numerals you will notice that the IIII is used for the number 4 rather than the usually IV. This is done to bring overall symmetry to the face of the watch since it sits opposite to the VIII on the dial and the use of the IV would not be balanced. So next time you are looking for a fancier Rolex timepiece, whether it’s a Day-Date, Datejust, or Datejust II, reach for one with Roman numerals for some style.

Rolex watches with Roman numeral dials

Rolex watches with Roman numeral dials

Day-Date 18238

The consummate classic Rolex, no other watch speaks prestige as eloquently as a full 18k yellow gold President watch. With its yellow gold Oyster case with fluted bezel, yellow gold President bracelet and white dial accented with yellow gold Roman numerals, the Day-Date 18238 is the definitive status symbol. Powered by the Rolex Caliber 3155 perpetual mechanical movement, the 18238 offers the wearer two calendar functions with the day written in full at 12 o’clock, in addition to the date window at 3 o’clock. The 36mm size of the Day-Date 18238 means it can be worn and enjoyed by both men and women.

Day-Date 18238

Displaying both the day and the date the Day-Date ref. 18238 in gold makes for a luxurious theme with Roman Numerals.

Datejust II 116334

With a case measuring 41mm, the Rolex Datejust II is a generously sized dress watch that strikes a nice balance between classic style and modern masculinity. The stainless steel Datejust II 116334 is outfitted with an 18k white gold fluted bezel for a touch of sophistication, while the bold blue dial is the perfect stage for the silver Roman numerals and hands. The screw-down crown and Twinlock double waterproofness systems ensures the Datejust II 116334 can safely reach a depth of 330 feet, while the COSC certified Rolex Caliber 3136 perpetual mechanical movement offers greater shock resistance thanks to its Parachrom hairspring and Paraflex shock absorbers. An elegant, yet robust, example of fine watchmaking by Rolex.

Datejust II 116334 with Roman Numeral Dials.

The Datejust II ref. 116334 is also another classy watch that allows for a Roman Numeral Dial to blend in.

Datejust 116200

The beauty of the Datejust lies in its simplicity. With its stainless steel 36mm Oyster case, matching stainless steel Oyster bracelet, and rhodium dial, the monochromatic look of the Rolex Datejust 116200 is sleek and sharp. The chic factor is further enhanced with complementary silver Roman numerals and hands on the dial and the smooth domed bezel encircling it. For supreme comfort, the bracelet is equipped with the Easylink extension system for the option of extending the bracelet by up to 5mm. At the heart of the Datejust 116200 is the Rolex Caliber 3135 automatic mechanical movement with instantaneous date function, seen via the date window at 3 o’clock magnified by the Cyclops lens fixed onto the scratchproof sapphire crystal. Because of the Datejust 116200’s clean and sophisticated aesthetic, it will always remain tasteful making this a great watch to have in your Rolex closet.

Datejust 116200

A Datejust 116200 with a smooth bezel makes for a great combo with its face.



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