Rolex Datejust Watches – Some of the most sought-after timepieces
In 1945, Rolex introduced the Datejust to commemorate the company’s 40-year anniversary. The timepiece was different than any other watch of the time. It was the first self-winding watch with a date window on the dial. The date complication on this watch allowed the date to automatically switch at midnight. While it sounds so common today, it was the Rolex Datejust that showed the watch industry how a date complication should work on a wristwatch.
The original Rolex Datejust watch ref. 4467 was only available in 18k gold. While it is considered the first Datejust, it was not until the 1950s when the Datejust brand actually started to appear on the dial. The ref 4467 featured a small bubble back winder with a deeply domed back. The first Rolex Datejust model was launched in the waterproof Oyster case and it also featured the signature fluted bezel and jubilee bracelet.
Since its introduction, Rolex Datejust has more or less followed the same design language. Over the years, the timepiece has received several updates and features making it even more desirable.
One of the major updates for the watch arrived first in the year 1954. Rolex added the Cyclops lens for the first time directly above the date window. It increased the legibility by 2.5 times. Since then, the cyclops lens became a standard for Rolex watches and it is also considered the brand’s trademark.
In 1955, Rolex introduced the Datejust ref. 1625, which was a turn-o-graph watch. Nicknamed ‘The Thunderbird’, the timepiece featured a gold turn-o-graph bezel, which allowed the watch to function as a stopwatch. The model was awarded to the United States Airforce pilots after they returned from some combat missions.
Moving towards modern design
In the year 1957, Rolex brought a new movement for the Datejust called the Caliber 1065. It was a much lighter and thinner movement when compared to its predecessor. This allowed Rolex to replace the original domed case back with a flat case back. It helped the watch in getting a slimmer profile.
The next major update to the Datejust was introduced in the late 1970s. Rolex introduced the Caliber 3035 movement, which allowed the modern Datejust watches to add the quickset date feature. With this, the timepiece allowed users to independently adjust the date display.
Around that time, the Swiss watch brand also introduced the Rolex Datejust watch ref. 16013. It is the classic Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold variant fitted with the iconic fluted bezel. This generation of watches still featured acrylic crystals but the sloped pipe hand style dial from the previous generation was gone. This was replaced by one with a completely flat surface like the ones still used today.
Improving the Datejust further
In 1988, Rolex introduced a new generation of the Datejust. The timepiece was now based around the Caliber 3135. It was quite similar to the previous generation in a lot of areas. But the new Caliber did bring a number of improvements that promised better timekeeping and reliability.
The new movement was introduced in reference 16233. It was not only the movement that got a drastic improvement but it was also the crystal, which was now made from scratch-resistant synthetic sapphire.
Introduction of the Datejust II
With the introduction of the Rolex Datejust II in 2009, the company brought a new 41mm version of the watch which was being offered alongside the standard 36mm version. Besides the larger dial, the Datejust was very much the same watch that people have come to love.
In order to fit the larger case, the reference 16333 came with the latest Caliber 3136 movement. The watch was also exclusively fitted with an Oyster bracelet. At the time, the 36mm model was being offered with either the Oyster bracelet or the Jubilee bracelet. The 41mm Datejust did fulfill the demand for a larger timepiece but it did not catch on immediately.
Over the years, the Rolex Datejust has become an overall refined wristwatch. Today, the Rolex Datejust is offered in four different sizes, 28mm, 31mm, 36mm, and 41mm.
Rolex Datejust watches at WatchMaestro
Rolex Datejust is not just any wristwatch but it is a statement. The watch states class and elegance with its state-of-the-art design. If you have been tempted to add one to your watch collection, WatchMaestro can help you get one at an unbelievable price. Not only that, but you can also sell your Rolex Datejust to us or trade it to get something else.
Here are the options available at WatchMaestro:
- Buy a Rolex Datejust watch
- Sell or exchange your Datejust
- Service your Datejust
Buy a Rolex Datejust watch
Rolex Datejust is a watch that is worth adding to your collection and you can do so by buying one from WatchMaestro. You can select any of the Rolex Datejust models available in our portfolio from our buy section. In case the model that you are looking for is not available in our store, we can source it for you.
Any of the watches that you purchase from WatchMaestro come in at unmatched prices. Besides that, you also get a completely hassle-free and smooth buying experience. Most of the timepieces come with their original box alongside all the paperwork.
Sell or exchange your Datejust
If you already have a Rolex Datejust, you can sell it to us. Assuming that you have a unique variant of the Datejust, you could possibly get significantly more in return for your watch. If not so, you can still get a great deal against the watch. We will guarantee you that you will get the best price for your watch.
In the event that you are not shifting focus over to simply selling but rather searching for a change, WatchMaestro can assist you with that too. With our watch exchange option, you can trade your Rolex Datejust watch for another extravagance timepiece. This likewise works for the situation you have an exceptional top-of-the-line watch yet you might want to have a Datejust in return for it.
Service your Datejust
Buying or selling are not areas where we restrict ourselves. We can support your Rolex Datejust watch in various services. Since these watches are powered by self-winding movements, they require overhauling sometimes. Also, we can modify your Rolex Datejust to assist it with sticking out. Finally, you can generally come to WatchMaestro assuming you might want to get your watch cleaned and we’ll make it sparkle like pristine.
Picking a Rolex Datejust today
If you are out there looking for a brand-new Rolex Datejust, you have plenty of options. From the dial size to the materials, there are quite a lot of decisions to make. Rolex has not added many options to confuse you but this is to give users a broader choice.
Here are the options you have to choose from to get the exact watch you need:
When you configure a Rolex Datejust, the first thing you should be clear about is the case size. This totally depends on one’s wrist size and preference. The Datejust is available in 31mm, 36mm and a larger 41mm. You can also get a 28mm case but that is called the Lady Datejust.
Once you have picked the case size, you have to pick one of the available materials. All the Rolex Datejust models are available in Oystersteel or in a combination of Oystersteel and White gold, Oystersteel and Yellow gold or Oystersteel and Everose gold. It is only the 31mm variant that is also available in just Yellow gold, Everose gold or white gold with diamonds.
After that, Rolex lets you pick up a dial style from a plethora of available options. The dials come in different colors. Not just that, you can also choose to get roman numerals or even diamond-fitted hour markers.
If you pick the 36mm or 41mm variant, you can also customize the bezel. For both the timepieces, you get to choose between the fluted bezel and the smooth bezel. The 36mm variant is also offered with a diamond-fit bezel.
Depending on the case size and material you pick, you will have an option to choose either the Oyster bracelet or the classy Jubilee bracelet. This totally depends on one’s taste and preference.
If you are looking for a 28mm Datejust, you will have to go for the Rolex Lady Datejust. The timepiece is offered only in a 28mm case size. The Lady Datejust is available in a variety of materials, including, Oystersteel, Oystersteel and yellow gold, and just Everose gold, among others.
The Lady Datejust watch can be grabbed with either a diamond-fit bezel, a fluted bezel or a smooth bezel. Some of the variants are also available in the complete iced-out configuration.
No matter which model you pick, you can always go for after-market customizations. WatchMaestro can help you to get a dial of your choice and we can even do icing with extremely high-quality diamonds. This will help your Rolex Datejust watch really stand out in the crowd.