This white gold 40mm Rolex Day-Date is out. Join us as we review the Rolex Day-Date 40mm Meteorite!
Meteorites are rare. These meteorite dials rolex watches are also hard to come by. Rolex reserves only some of the features for their best watches, and certain models are equipped with dials made from real meteorites. Let’s get up close and personal with one of them, shall we?
Rolex watches are known for their extraordinary dials, but the look and feel of these alien meteorite dials really do look out of this world. Rolex has a history of pairing some of its most famous and celebrated watch collections with rare materials, and these dials can only be found on white gold or 18kt gold watches.
Most meteorites are usually made of space rock, or pieces of planetary cores that end up in our orbits and are drawn to Earth from our planet’s gravity. Most meteorites also replica rolex look like a regular old rock, so where do they find meteorites that look so attractive? To answer this question, we have to go back almost 200 years, during which time Captain Alexander Alexander reported on the IVA-type meteorites of Namaqualand, Namibia, known as the “Gibeon” meteorites. An 11.25″ x 8.75″ x 0.25″ thick Gibeon meteorite sold at Christie’s for $11,875. I hope this gives you some background on the value.
Any remnants of the 26,000 kilogram Gibeon meteorite found along the Big Fish River in Namibia are now under the protection of the Namibian government. Fortunately, Rolex managed to procure some of this interstellar material before these protective laws were enacted.
This beautiful meteorite dial features 18kt white gold hands and French baguette diamond hour markers. The curved date window is positioned above the polished Rolex logo at 12 o’clock and features a one-eye magnifying glass fused with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal to enhance the visibility of the date window at 3 o’clock. The date and the date will switch instantly at midnight, unlike many other watches where the date will change gradually.
The 18kt white gold case is 40mm in diameter (47.4mm from one lug to the other) and 12mm thick. Rolex has its own foundry, which allows them to cast the finest alloys as gold. Ensuring maximum shine. They use their own in-house lab to check every metal they obtain to ensure maximum purity with next generation equipment. Which brings to mind the popular adage.