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Rolex Watches 101 – Classic Datejust

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Rolex Datejust is a modern archetype of the Rolex wristwatch. It features a date display at three o’clock which automatically switches to the next day at midnight. Rolex Datejust is one of the first Rolex models yet; it has a few enhancements than could be imagined. As a model of recognizable value, the bezel has now changed from smooth ring to fluted bezel, and the case now assumed a slimmer configuration.

History Of Rolex Datejust

First introduced at the 40th anniversary of Rolex, the Rolex Datejust was the maiden timepiece with the brand’s waterproof Oyster case. A striking feature is the automatic shifting date display at three o’clock and the jubilee bracelet built with a delicate design. This jubilee bracelet has become the brand’s trademark. The first Rolex Datejust Ref. 4467 came in yellow gold later featured steel, bi-color, and rose gold. Rolex later replaced the original ring bezel with the fluted bezel. The previous models featured automatic movement with caliber 730 for the incredible accuracy of the timepiece. Afterward, with introducing a new caliber, the back slimmed down. The wake of 2009 saw the introduction of several features of the classic Datejust II with a 41mm large case. At the 2017 Baselworld, the Datejust II gave way for the emergence of the Datejust 41. In no distant time, the brand launched Lady Datejust, a repackaged elegant women’s version that perfectly suits ladies with narrow wrists. The value of the timepiece continues to rise between 1994 to 2016. The value of the Datejust rose by 221%.

Movement Of Rolex Datejust

Towards the end of the fifties, Rolex upgraded the model’s movement to Calibre 1560, when the universal design was like the current range. It was first exemplified in the 1600 series and, in the late ’70s, saw the introduction of the Calibre 3035 movement, which featured a quick-set function. The caliber was a dominant watch quality throughout the golden age of the model. Later, the Calibre 3035 gave way for the Cal. 3135 movements, allowing room for enhanced timekeeping. While there are differences, they are both certified chronometers with performances of -2/+2 seconds per day. The Calibre 3235, the latest caliber, features Syloxi and enhanced Chronergy escapement with significantly improved efficiency.

Materials And Dials of Rolex Datejust

Just as the model comes in different sizes, it also features varying materials. For instance, Oystesteel and 18ct are dominant materials of the timepieces. Apart from the 904L Oystersteel and strong 18 ct gold models, the model also features a blend of steel and gold known as the Rolesor. The Rolesor watches come in three colors: Everose Rolesor, Yellow Rolesor, and white Rolesor. Rolex dials come in different designs with wildly varying hour markers, including Roman numerals, diamonds, sticks, etc. They come in different finishes and textures. It also brags about possessing the most diverse assortment of dial designs.

The Bracelet

The Oyster bracelet features a universal design common to practically all the models. The Jubilee bracelet was designed to usher the 1945 collection but has stayed on as Rolex legendary date-displaying collection. While the Oyster bracelet boasts flat three-piece links fitted with conventional Oysterclasp, the Jubilee bracelet assumed a more rounded 5-piece design done with concealed Crownclasp.

Rolex Automatic Date Display And Models

Rolex Datejust is reputed for classic design integrated with great functionality, and with its elegant look, it’s no doubt a perfect watch for a dress watch. In contemporary eyes, the date display of Rolex timepieces is now a matter of super functionality arising from exciting ingenuity. The date display at three o’clock has made reading easier through cyclops magnifying glass by a factor of 2,5. It has a significant feature afterward and has become a symbol of Rolex timepieces. The Rolex Datejust is sometimes designed for everyone and at the other time features sizes including 28mm Lady Datejust and 41mm Datejust II. Rolex Date features varying materials, bracelets, dials, and indexes. Some of its models include:

  • Rolex Lady Datejust is designed for women and integrates white gold and stainless steel with a grooved bezel.
  • Rolex Datejust 116234 is built for ladies and features a steel jubilee bracelet. The watch is a gracious eye-catcher with a white dial and white gold bezel.
  • Rolex Lady Datejust is a lady’s timepiece with bi-color yellow plus steel jubilee bracelet. It features a gold bezel and champagne-colored dial.
  • Rolex Datejust 116200 represents a classic 36mm case, unisex stainless steel, and domed bezel. Its dial features an Oyster bracelet and sticks indexes.
  • Rolex Datejust 126334 represents classic steel and white gold featuring a black dial integrated with white gold grooved bezel and stick indexes.
  • Rolex Datejust 116233 represents a Rolesor mode with yellow gold and a jubilee strap coated in yellow gold and stainless steel.
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