Spanning time and only enduring minor changes, the Rolex Datejust is classic and timeless making it one of the most easily recognized watches today. The Rolex Datejust II is a streamlined version of the original, including a new in-house self-winding mechanical movement.
An iconic model, the Rolex Datejust was launched in 1945 as the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date at the 3 o’clock on the dial. As one of Rolex’s most emblematic watches, the Datejust is a reliable piece with unlimited configurations. While Datejust models have introduced new features over past decades, its enduring aesthetic has remained the same. Made for practical everyday wear, the Rolex Datejust is a highly accurate and suitable timepiece for any occasion.
The History of the Rolex Datejust
Rolex’s revolutionary date display became the watchmaking standard after 1945. Prior to the Rolex Datejust, watches indicated the date by a hand pointing to markings around the edge of the dial. The Rolex Datejust was released using the Calibre 710, later replaced with the Calibre 730, which uses 17 jewels. While these movements were reliable, they were difficult to service. In 1957, the design of the Datejust changed to incorporate the new Calibre 1065 and date magnifier known as the Cyclops lens for easy reading. The caliber changed again in 1965, with the introduction of the Calibre 1570. In 1988, the Calibre 3135 was introduced, improving but not totally renewing the watch’s movements.
With automatic winding, high accuracy, and high water resistance, the Rolex Datejust became one of Rolex’s most wearable watches. Many elements of the model such as the dial layout, hands, and specs remain almost unchanged from its introduction.
Rolex Datejust Characteristics
When the Rolex Datejust was first released it was only available in yellow gold. In following years, Rolex introduced rose gold, steel, and two-toned one editions, known as Rolesor. In the 2000s, the flat and polish bezel became an alternative to the classic fluted bezel. The Datejust lineup offers a variety of sizes for men and women consisting of 28mm, 31mm, 34mm, 46mm, and 41mm. Designed in a spectrum of metals, dials, textures, bracelets, and types of markers, the Rolex Datejust provides endless configurations.
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