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Rolex Date 115234 Diamond Dial Review

January 22, 2020

BY Paul Altieri

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Imbued with many of the same distinct characteristics of the iconic Rolex Datejust, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 115234 boasts the shape of the original Oyster case, combined with cutting edge Rolex technology and a selection of fine materials in a slightly more compact package. The Rolex Date is appreciated for its highly versatile size that works well on a wide range of wrist sizes. Its fluted bezel in 18k white gold ties it to iconic Rolex models such as the Datejust and Day-Date, and since this generation of Rolex Date watches was never offered in a solid gold or two-tone configurations, this White Rolesor version is the only model from the modern Date collection that combines the durability of a steel case with the added luxury of a solid gold bezel

Rolex Date 115234 Diamond Dial Review

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The Rolex Date 115234 Diamond Dial 

Similar to the Datejust, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 115234 also features the Cyclops magnification lens over the calendar display that enlarges the numerals for easy referencing. Its classic design will be welcomed by collectors of the timeless Rolex Datejust collection or any lovers of the famous Rolex Oyster – the first waterproof wristwatch in the world and the timepiece that put Rolex on the map for creating reliable underwater tools geared towards professional divers.

Rolex Date 115234 Black Diamond Dial Review

This particular Rolex Date 115234 features a dramatic black dial housed in a 34mm Oystersteel case, showcasing a black dial that features an innovative mix of Arabic numerals and scintillating diamonds. The 18k white gold bezel and 5 factory-set diamonds elevate this version of the Rolex Date to a luxury timepiece that can be worn for those special occasions in life, yet remains durable enough to stand up to everyday wear. The fact that this watch is the only one from the current Date collection to be executed in a bi-metal version further adds to its exclusivity and desirability among buyers. 

The Rolex Date 115234 (like all models in the current Date collection) is finished with on an Oyster bracelet – a design that was introduced by the brand in the 1930s. It embodied a simple and classic appearance, crafted from robust corrosion-resistant stainless steel. It features a flat three-piece link design and has been equipped with the latest version of Rolex’s latching Oysterclasp. Since this component of the bracelet is subject to regular manipulation, Rolex dedicated their know-how and their expertise in advanced material research to create a clasp that was both tactile and effortless to operate under the finger, while still offering a secure and sturdy latching mechanism. 

The ref. 115234 is a modern rendition of the original Rolex Date wristwatch and features thicker, more rounded lugs with a high-polish finish and a crystal crafted from anti-reflective and scratch-resistant sapphire. The polished center links of the Oyster bracelet enhance an overall luxurious character, heightened furthermore by each one of its diamond hour markers. Other features on the dial include the iconic Rolex logo and Arabic numeral markers crafted from solid white gold, perfectly matching the hands.

Rolex Date Reference 115234 Diamond Dial Review

Powering the watch is the tried-and-true Caliber 3135 – an in-house developed movement that operates at a frequency of 28,800vph with a power reserve of 48 hours. The Cal. 3135 has been used to power many iconic date-displaying Rolex watches dating back to the late 1980s, and it still remains the go-to movement for the Rolex Submariner Date. As with all modern Rolex Perpetual movements, the Cal. 3135 has successfully passed the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC) tests, in addition to Rolex’s own and more-stringent, in-house ‘Superlative Chronometer’ testing. It is fitted with a Parachrom hairspring, offering greater resistance to shocks and to temperature variations, thus improving the movement’s overall reliability and performance. 

The case of the Rolex Perpetual Date 115234 is equipped with the brand’s patented Twinlock screw-down crown for double waterproofness. With its mixture of stainless steel to reinforce strength and white gold for its luster and premium finish – the two materials harmoniously combine with the black dial to embody the signature and timeless design for which Rolex is famous. With a durable monobloc middle case fitted with a screw-down caseback and a winding crown, the reference 115234 Date is able to provide water-resistance of 100 meters. 

Generally undervalued on the pre-owned market, this most recent generation of the Rolex Date collection – particularly this version with its 18k white gold bezel and diamond-set dial – represents excellent value for those that want all the hallmark traits of a modern luxurious Rolex in a slightly more compact package. 

Rolex Date 115234 White Rolesor Diamond Dial Review

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