The Rolex Lady-Datejust Pearlmaster – even after all this time – still stands as my favorite lady Rolex. Whether in yellow or white gold, it doesn’t matter. It is the end-all be-all; the epitome of class and beauty. Perfectly understated and perfectly over-the-top.
Speaking of over-the-top, insert in the triple diamond Pearlmaster bracelet. Yes, triple. As if you already haven’t arrived when wearing the “regular” Pearlmaster models, in walks a triple row diamond bracelet.
The Rolex Pearlmaster reference 80298 is a 29mm Lady-Datejust but known as the Pearlmaster after the name of its bracelet. The lady version of the Datejust is 26mm in size and even though it’s a difference of only 3mm, the look and feel is considerably different in comparison. Available in solid 18 ct yellow, white, or Everose gold, the Pearlmaster is pleasingly heavy and sturdy on the wrist. There is a 12-diamond bezel available (Reference 80318 in yellow gold) but the 80298 features an impressive bezel at 32-diamonds.
Bracelet: Released in 1992, the Pearlmaster bracelet is made up of 5-piece links in high-polished metal. The links are rounded and projects a smooth, fluid appearance that is perfectly accentuated by the Concealed folding Crownclasp, where the clasp is completely hidden from view at its closure. Glamourous and sophisticated even with just the original bracelet, the diamond-set bracelet featured here takes this already luxurious timepiece to an entirely different level.
Diamonds: Featuring 270 on the bracelet alone, Rolex’s diamonds are beyond compare. The selection criteria of diamonds and gem setting is a extremely meticulous process at Rolex, boasting:
“Rolex selects only the finest, colourless diamonds from reputable and trusted sources for its gem-set bezels. Each gemstone is carefully checked by Rolex’s in-house gemmology experts according to the four key criteria determining diamond quality: carat, clarity, colour and cut. Once sorted, they are passed on to specialist gem setters, true masters of their art, whose craft provides a scintillating enhancement to a Rolex watch, and the owner’s wrist.
Gem-setters, like sculptors, finely carve the precious metal to hand-shape the seat in which each gemstone will be perfectly lodged. With the art and craft of a jeweller, the stone is placed and meticulously aligned with the others, then firmly secured in its gold or platinum setting. Besides the intrinsic quality of the stones, several other criteria contribute to the beauty of Rolex gem-setting: the precise alignment of the height of the gems, their orientation and position, the regularity, strength and proportions of the setting as well as the intricate finishing of the metalwork. A sparkling symphony to enhance the watch and enchant the wearer.”
Rolex does not release the exact color, clarity, or weight of diamonds set into the bezel, dial, or on diamond bracelets. However, they are always flawless, about a D or E in color, and the 32-diamond bezel on the Pearlmaster stands at about 2 carats alone.
Dial: The mother-of-pearl dials continue to be a revered favorite, each one as unique as a snowflake. The yellow gold hands are easy to read against the white textured face, with time measured by 10 bright diamonds. There is an old-world elegance to the mother-of-pearl dial that will never go out of style.
Every aspect of the Rolex Pearlmaster is diligently thought out. Not only are the inner workings extremely reliable with the 2235 calibre mechanical movement, but the aesthetics of the 80298 triple row diamond are flawless. This bracelet is not often seen and always causes a stir when it makes an appearance. This Pearlmaster embodies and truly harnesses the luxury and craftsmanship Rolex is so famous for.
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