Admittedly, I am a fan of the Rolex Day-Date. I love the 36mm version best, but the Day-Date 40 surely ticks some boxes as well. Especially now that it will be available (or will it?) with a green lacquered dial.

Mike already touched upon the new platinum Day-Date (with fluted bezel) in this article. But there’s more.

Walking by the Rolex booth here at Watches & Wonders in Geneva, my attention was drawn to the new GMT-Master II “Lefty”, the new Yacht-Masters (I thought the Falcon Eye was a faulty watch, to be honest; that’s the reason why I didn’t take a picture), but especially towards this Rolex Day-Date 40 in yellow gold with the green lacquered dial.

Rolex Day-Date 40 ref. 228238

The green dial isn’t new to the modern Day-Date. In the past, we’ve seen a green dial on the rose gold version (see below). That was a sunburst dial though, not lacquered.

The Day-Date in rose gold with sunburst green dial

Yellow gold and green seem to be a magic combination that works very well. On the green lacquered dial, you will find beautiful yellow gold applied Roman numerals. The way Rolex did the X and the V is an especially nice detail.

Classic Day-Date

There are only a few watches in this segment that can compete against the Rolex Day-Date. Perhaps the biggest competitor would be a full gold Datejust or Sky-Dweller, anyway. It’s a classic, an icon, and yes, a cult watch. Whether it’s the tanned senior residing in sunny Spain with a Day-Date 18038 or the hipster barista type of guy with a vintage Day-Date 1803, this watch basically goes with everything and anything. This new Day-Date ref. 228238 is no exception to that rule, of course. Although it would especially go perfectly with me.

The Day-Date is powered by the Rolex in-house caliber 3255. It’s a chronometer-certified movement with quick-set day and date complications, regulated to perform within ±2 seconds per day on average. It has a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.

See the chart below for all specifications of this Day-Date with the green lacquered dial. You can also visit Rolex online for more information and to configure this watch (differently). I can’t wait to go hands-on with this Rolex and report to you about it at a later stage.

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Watch specifications

Day-Date 40
Green lacquered dial with yellow gold Roman numerals
Case Material
18kt yellow gold
Case Dimensions
Diameter: 40mm
Case Back
18kt yellow gold
Caliber 3255, self-winding movement. Frequency: 28,800vph, power reserve: 70 hours, accuracy: ±2 seconds per day on average
Water Resistance
100 meters
18kt yellow gold President bracelet
Time, Day, Date
CHF 35,700