OLD Day-Date 36 vs NEW Day-Date 40 – ROLEX COMPARISON

OLD Day-Date 36 vs NEW Day-Date 40 – ROLEX COMPARISON


Hey guys, this
is Kevin from JazTime.com and today we’ll be doing a comparison between two different Day-Dates. On my left here we have the
older style, very vintage model, a Rolex Day-Date 36,
reference number 18038. And we’ll be comparing it to the newer style Day-Date,
recently released in 2015, the Rolex Day-Date 40 and
that’s reference number 228238. We’ll be going over the
price, the dials, the bezel, case, crown, bracelet,
clasp, and we’ll talk about the movement towards
the end of the video. Alright? So as of August
2017, you’re looking at, for the Day-Date 36, you’re looking at a market value of around $10,000, as there is no retail pricing, as this watch has been discontinued
for quite some time now. For the newer model, the Day-Date 40, you’re looking at a retail pricing from a Rolex authorized dealer for $34,850 or you can come to our
website at JazTime.com and get it for as low as $26,000. So before I start, I do want to mention that these two Day-Dates
I have in my hand, they’re about 45 years apart. So we’re going to be taking a look at the differences
between the two watches, as the 36 was released around the 1980s, whereas, as I mentioned
before with the Day-Date 40, it was recently released in 2015. Okay? Alright, so let’s go ahead
and take a look at the dials. The dials, both of them are
sort of a sunburst dial, but it’s more prominent
on the Day-Date 40 now. As you can see, as I tilt it a
little bit towards the light, you can see it gleans much more on the Day-Date 40,
opposed to the Day-Date 36. It still sort of seems
like a flat coloring but the sunburst is actually there. Okay? Besides that, let’s take a
look at the hour markers. The hour markers are both
18 carat yellow gold. However, there’s a difference between the hour markers and the
hands for both models. Specifically, for the
Day-Date 36, we’re looking at 18 carat yellow gold
hands with luminous tips. As you can see, the little white stripes on the tips of the
minute and the hour hand, along with little small
squares of luminosity at each edge of the index markers. That’s changed in the Day-Date 40. If you’re to get the Day-Date
40, the index markers, the markers themselves would
actually be luminous filled. Luminous filled, so the
markers themselves would glow in the dark for approximately
about up to eight hours. One thing to mention is that
the Day-Date 40 does come in different colors in terms
of dial configurations. So you can get it in the champagne, which I have in my hand here,
or you can get it in white, for the Roman hour markers.
But if you’re looking for index markers that look similar to this, you’re looking at champagne,
silver, or black dial. Alright, so another difference is along the edge of the
dial, you can kind of see that there’s Roman numerals right behind each index marker, just printed behind it. Whereas the track around the edge is just a simple scale for the Day-Date 40. Besides that, we still
have the crown at the 12 o’clock position, text,
as well, right underneath. As you can see, always
the perpetual Day-Date at the 12 o’clock position,
right underneath that crown. The six o’clock position, still superlative chromometer
officially certified. We have the Swiss-made
in different locations. Swiss-made is in the actual
track itself on the Day-Date 40. Whereas the Day-Date 36,
you can kind of see it right above that six Roman numeral. We still have the cyclops lens, as well, for magnification, easier
viewing of that date. One other noticeable difference to mention is what’s called the rehock. So let me go ahead and
turn it over to the side. Let’s see if we can get a close up here. So, if you can see along
the edge of the wall of the Day-Date 40, you kind of see that Rolex name being
engraved all round the sides. That rehock wasn’t introduced until 2006, so the Day-Date 36 does not
have that, as you can see. It’s just a solid flag gold
wall, whereas the Day-Date 40 has that Rolex name
engraved all around there. So that’s pretty much it for the dials. They pretty much kept the dial almost the same over the years. As you can see, it’s very noticeable if you just immediately at a glance look, you can immediately tell that
these watches are Day-Dates. So let’s go ahead and
move on to the bezel now. The bezel, same type
of bezel, just a fixed 18 carat yellow gold fluted bezel. As you can see, very nice, very shiny. Moving on the to the case. The case, you’re looking at, as the name states, this one is a 36 mm case here on my left and that’s a 40 mm case on my right here. So a little bit larger case size. The main difference between the two cases, besides the size, you’re looking at a brushed gold on the left
here, whereas the right side, we’re looking at a nice
high polish on the lugs on the Day-Date 40, whereas it’s just a brushed gold on the Day-Date 36 and that’s on the top and the bottom. Another thing is that the lugs
are more rounded, as well, on the Day-Date 36, as you
can see at the very tips, or rather it’s the Day-Date 40. Alright, besides that, let’s go ahead and show the sides of the case. Alright, so, there we are. So you’re going to be looking at obviously a little larger
case size, as stated. We have the nice high polish
along the side of the case. It travels very nicely along with the sides of the bracelet, as well. You can sort of already notice the difference with the bracelet sides. So, you can see, there’s a high polish on the side of the president links, as you can see on the Day Date 40. Whereas, the Day-Date 36 has just a brushed gold on the sides. Another thing to mention is that the profiles of the watches, the 40s going to be a bit bigger
and that’s mainly due to the movement, as I’ll
go ahead and mention as we move on to the
next side with the crown. So, we have the same high polish again, high polish nice all the
way throughout the 40, whereas it’s brushed gold for the 36. The Rolex crown on the crown itself. The reason for the little
bit larger case size on the Day-Date 40 is because of an additional complication
they added to it. So with the old Day-Date 36, it has what’s called a single quick set and the Day-Date 40 has what’s
called a double quick set, which was introduced around 1990s. So ten years apart, a different mechanism was added to the movement. And actually, I’ll go ahead
and demonstrate that now. So, with the crowns, just go ahead and unscrew counterclockwise. Counterclockwise pops open the crown. They’re screwed down to enlock double waterproofness
systems. You’re looking at a water resistance of
100 meters or 330 feet. In this first position, this is the position in which you can windy watch. So just going clockwise,
you can windy watch 20 to 30 times, no more or you might put too much tension
and you might damage it. But, this is where the difference between the single set and
the double quick set lies. A simple tug of the crown will put you in the second position. The difference here is basically you’ll be able to change the date on a 36 just by going counterclockwise, as shown. So you see, as we go counterclockwise, you see that date just quickly changing. Going clockwise doesn’t change the date. And for the Day-Date 40, this is what needs to be a double quick set. So going counterclockwise,
there we go, changes the date. But then going counterclockwise
changes the day itself. So the difference, basically, between the single quick set and double quick set, you’re able to change the day
at the 12 o’clock position using the crown at the second position. As we move on to the third position, we move on to the third position that stops the second hand on both the watches for precise time setting,
as you’ll be able to set the time exactly to such
things as a timer clock online. You can set it down to the
exact seconds to keep track. However, the difference here
is that, as I mentioned, you are able to change the day at the 12 o’clock position
with the Day-Date 40. For the Day-Date 36, you’ll have to do a revolution of the watch. As you see, as we keep going. So, I’m going to put the Day-Date 40 down to demonstrate this. See it’s changed to Saturday? It takes two full revolutions, of course, a 24 hour period to change the day once. One more revolution here and we should be able to change it
from Saturday to Sunday. And there we are. So that’s the difference between the single set
and the double quick set. So always after you set the time, make sure you screw the
crown nice and tight in against the case, because you want to keep the watch water-resistant. Press it in, go ahead,
nice and tight. Alright. So that’s the difference between the single quick set and
the double quick set. We’re going to ahead and
move on to the bracelet now. So the bracelet is a special bracelet specifically for the Day-Date. It’s called a president-style bracelet. Looks very similar to the
jubilee bracelet that Rolex normally has, which is a
five-piece link bracelet. However, this is just a
three-piece link bracelet with sand finish on the gold
links on the outer parts, while the center portion of the links are nicely high polished to give a nice contrast and add
more shine to the watch. As I mentioned earlier, you can see that difference on the side
of the president links. The brushed gold on the 36, where the 40 has a nice high polish on the side. And that’s on the other side, as well. One major difference between the two bracelets is the style of the links. Specifically, the 36 has what’s
called a hollow-style link, while the Day-Date 40 has what’s called the solid-filled links or solid links. And that wasn’t introduced
until around the 2000s. It’s a really important thing
to mention, mainly because, I actually can demonstrate
this to you very easily. So, a hollow-link, the
little bar in the center of the links that hold the
links together, it’s hollow, meaning that there’s a
little space between them. And over time, it gets kind of stretched in this bracelet, as you can kind of see as I wiggle the bracelet around. Stretch is done over time,
as you can see there. Whereas, the newer style Day-Date has what’s called solid-filled, so the links have no wiggle room to move. And you can kind of see as I try to wiggle it, stays that same shape. So there was no room for those links to have that ability to stretch out, so this bracelet will pretty much stay the same throughout its lifetime now. So that’s one of the most important things about the difference
between the two bracelets. The next thing, as we
move on to the clasps now, we still have this concealed
folding crown clasp that’s located by the Rolex logo. But, you’ll notice a huge difference between the two as I pop that open. Here we are. So the older style concealed folding clasp, you
can see is just very simple, very thin 18 carat
yellow gold clasp blades. That’s just brushed yellow gold. Very simple, very plain,
whereas the newer style Day-Date 40, we have this
beautiful high polished clasp blades with the Rolex name embossed on to the clasp blade itself there. And the year that they changed this to, was back in 2003, they actually changed it to this style of
clasp for the Day-Date. However, it wasn’t
fully high polished yet. It actually used to be
a sand-blasted finish in the center with the Rolex name embossed on there and they only
recently changed it in 2016 that the center of the clasp
blade is also a higher polish. So let’s go ahead and talk about the movement now, as we move on. Here are the two case backings
that we’re looking at here. You can see a little
difference in the case backing. See there, they’re both
oyster case backings. Just very minor differences. Let’s see if I can get
a better angle here. As you can see, that fluted portion of it is much thinner,
where the case backing on the 40 is a little more raised, the flutedness a little more prominent. Specifically, for the
movement we’re looking at, of course, movement that’s
been made 45 years apart. I specifically say 45 years
because the Day-Date 40’s movement was introduced
with its unveil, as well. So what are the differences
between the two movements? For the Day-Date 36 on my left- Or rather, let’s talk about
the similarities first. So, they’re both bi-directional,
self-pointing movements in house made by Rolex.
They’re both COFC certified with precision of -2/+2 seconds a day. You have the functions
of the hour, minutes, and seconds hand with the
stopping of the seconds hand. Like I said, single quick
set for the Day-Date 36, but double quick set for the Day-Date 40. The differences between
the movement, however, lies in just smaller, smaller parts of it. So, for the hair springs, we’re looking at a breguet hair springs on the Day-Date 36, whereas the Day-Date 40 has
a blue parachrom hair spring, which is an in-house made hair spring, made by Rolex, that has
more magnetic resistance. The shock absorbers, you’re
looking at KIF shock absorbers on the Day-Date 36 and
then the Day-Date 40, you’re looking at the in-house made paraflex shock absorbers,
which Rolex claims about 50 percent more shock
absorption than the KIF. They recently added an additional thing to the Day-Date 40’s movement, which is the 3255 movement, which is the chronology escapement, which is a skeletonized escape wheel that Rolex claims about a 15
percent gain in efficiency from transmitting energy from the wheel to the lever and to the balance itself. The power reserve of these watches, you’re looking at a 48 hour power reserve on the 36 compared to a 70 hour power reserve on the Day-Date 40. And I do apologize, I did not
mention the movement numbers. The Day-Date 36 is a 3055 movement, whereas the Day-Date
40 is a 3255 movement. You can pretty much tell
which year a Day-Date is from just based on the movement alone, as the older style ones are the 3055s. And as we move on to
other reference numbers in the center, which is like the 118, starting with the 118, the
3155 movements, and then the newer release was in 2015,
which is the 3255 movement. With that said, let’s go ahead and get these watches on my wrist and give you a quick show of how they look like. Once again, just very simple
concealed folding crown clasp. Go ahead and place that on here. Snaps right in. And there is your watch there. So, even though it’s a 45 year old watch, it still looks absolutely fantastic. Now, let’s go ahead with
the Day-Date 40 now. And there’s the Day-Date 40 on my wrist. So if you’re interested in any of these models for the
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32 Comments

  1. Something I have a question on is, on the 40, when you turn the crown upward or clockwise, does the second hand turn clockwise or counter clockwise. I've seen videos of both, so I'm trying to determine if the 3255 turns clockwise or counter-clockwise? Thanks…

  2. One thing I don’t like about the day date 40 is that the day and date window is always white in all dial colors, were in 36, the windows are a bit yellow, matches with the dial color

  3. I bought my first expensive watch new at the age of 24 , a Rolex Oysterquartz Day Date Egyptian, at the age of 53 I still own this watch. Many say this watch is outdated perhaps it is but so am I😊

  4. I initially wanted the 40mm but when I tried it , it sat flatter on my wrist. The 36mm however sat rounder on my wrist. The more I see it the better it gets.

    My watch collection includes an AP diver, a gmt 2, seiko turtle & cocktail. I realised I don’t have a 36mm watch

    I need advice. Should I get e 36mm or trade in my gmt 2 for e 40?

  5. Why on ROMAN NUMERALS, from Rolex, even on the Presidential/Day-Date, are the markers upside down or rights side up at times? Aren't they consistent since time began? I have a recently purchased Day/Date -from an authorized dealer – that has the 6 inversed (in roman numerals – meaning you can read it correctly when on your wrist – which makes sense), the "4" are 4 in-line markers (as in your video) but no connector on the top as some Rolexes do have. Here your 8 is inverse, mine is viewable, again, like the 6, from the front – not upside down. My NINE is IX and not just a single line as in your video. So it is quite strange – what is AUTHENTIC versus not. Either my watch was sold to me, used, as a fake (from an authorized dealer who assured me the dial was not a re-dial nor a fake) or Rolex does things differently, decade to decade. Mine is from 1980.

  6. I like the older only because of the brushed finished top flanks. Personally Brushed finished gold just looks more like natural gold especially contrasting with the polished sides. So cool. 👌🏽

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