When Rolex first presented the Datejust in 1945, it was the first automatic wristwatch to tell the wearer the date via a window on the dial. Today, a date function is taken for granted and regarded as a basic feature on a watch, but in the 1940s, this was a groundbreaking advancement. The five-link Jubilee bracelet made its debut on the original Rolex Datejust and the watch was crafted in yellow gold. Over its long history, the Rolex Datejust has become an absolute classic that is also exceptionally versatile.
The Rolex Datejust seamlessly blends fundamental design traits with versatility. Just as iconic as the date aperture at 3 o’clock, is the Cyclops lens that magnifies it. Introduced a decade after the original Datejust, the Cyclops is now a key fixture on every model within the collection. Another central design feature is the restrained 36mm size of the gent’s Datejust Oyster case, which lends the classic Rolex watch its grace and sophistication. The most current Datejust line today is the 116200 reference family and similar to past references, there’s a myriad of configurations to be had considering the metal choices, dial materials, patterns, and colors, hour-marker styles, bezel varieties, precious gem options, and bracelet selections.
The Lady-Datejust was created just for women in 1957 and it’s rumored that today, the Rolex Lady-Datejust line is the brand’s highest-selling collection. The Lady-Datejust is offered in different sizes and can range from understated stainless steel models to lavish jewel-encrusted pieces.
The Datejust II collection joined Rolex’s lineup in 2009 and it was the brand’s answer to the consumers’ demand for larger watches. With an Oyster case sized at 41mm, it’s notably bigger than the Datejust. Although the Datejust II watches sport a similar style to the Datejust and almost as many options and configurations, it does have a more modern appeal.
At the heart of both the Datejust II and Datejust 36 is the COSC certified Rolex Caliber 3135 manufacture mechanical movement. The Rolex automatic caliber powers the central hands, in addition to the instantaneous date function and is renowned for its supreme reliability, precision, and resistance to external elements.
The secondary market for Rolex Datejust timepieces offers an immense selection spanning its 70-year history including pre-owned Datejust , used Lady-Datejust, and second-hand Datejust II watches at especially attractive prices. Whether opting for a more discreet steel Datejust II model with an Oyster bracelet or an extravagant full gold and diamond Datejust on a Jubilee bracelet, the almost infinite style choices among Rolex’s classic dress watch collection is hard to beat.