The Datejust is Rolex’s one of the most prestigious and best-selling models. This goes back to over 60 years when the Datejust had first made its debut in 1945. The watch stunned all the fanatics with its sharp edge innovations, especially with a date display at 3 o’clock. No wonder the watch became a hit in the watch world as the date automatically switched during midnight. The first Datejust came with a 36mm case, and it has now been redesigned with the Rolex Datejust 41.
With the growing trend of larger cases, the 36mm was not meant for everyone. Hence, in 2016, Rolex came out with the larger 41mm case diameter version that offers the perfect classic look similar to the original Rolex Datejust.
But before we tell you everything about this elegant Datejust 41mm timepiece, hold a little longer as we share a brief history of this model.
The Datejust model came into existence in 1945 and marked the 40th anniversary of Rolex. The timepiece was an amalgamation of all the major innovations made by Rolex so far. On top of that, it was the first self-winding Rolex to show the date on the dial. Therefore, the name: ‘DATEJUST’.
The Rolex Datejust was the 1st model to have a unique fluted bezel associated with a five-piece link Jubilee bracelet, created mainly for the watch piece. Both these striking features continue to be the hallmarks of the Rolex Datejust even today. After ten years, Rolex decided to elevate the aesthetic quotient of the model and therefore added a Cyclop lens to magnify the date.
The Datejust is most easily recognisable for the classic date display window, which was not present in the earlier models like the Rolex Explorer I or the Oyster Perpetual collection. Even though the Rolex Day-Date collection chose to display both the day and the date, the ‘only-date’ feature gathered maximum attention.
Datejust continues to remain Rolex’s flagship models and has an excellent reputation in the pre-owned watch industry and amongst the luxury watch buyers. Therefore, if you ever feel the need to sell Rolex watches, you can always choose to sell them in the secondary market to obtain a good value. At The Luxury Hut, you can get instant cash by selling Rolex in London.
Enough of history, let’s skip to the part you are most enthusiastic about:
‘41mm’ – the Slimmer & Sleeker Model
Let’s say that the Datejust 41 mm is less ‘maxi’! It is 5mm bigger than the Datejust 36mm model that comes with a 41mm case. Even though the Datejust 41 is not the only Rolex to sport a 41mm case, it is only natural to compare with the predecessor, isn’t it? We are talking about the Datejust II.
While both have a 41mm case diameter, the new Datejust 41 is similar to the Datejust 36 than to the Datejust II. The latest version has a thinner bezel and slimmer lugs that makes it all the more elegant. The stainless steel 41mm Oyster bracelet fits tightly and nicely on the wrist, and the sleek profile makes for a great fit.
The Datejust 41 has a date window at 3 o’clock on the dial, magnified with a Cyclops lens that protrudes from the surface above it. Thanks to the Twinlock screw-down winding crown that offers the watch a water resistance of up to 100 meters.
One of the best things about the Datejust 41 line is that it is available in four material options- 2 bezel styles and 2 bracelet options, and several dial designs to choose from!
The modern Rolex Datejust models have either smooth or fluted bezels where the fluted bezels are more expensive than the smooth ones.
Note: The fluted bezels on the new Datejust models will always be in gold/ white gold, while the stainless steel bezels will always be smooth.
The Rolex Datejust 41 comes in 6 different bezel options:
The key difference between the Oyster and the Jubilee Bracelet is that the former is a dressier option and features a 5-piece configuration of semi-circular links. In comparison, the latter is a sportier option and has flat links with a 3-piece design.
These are the classic daily wear watches which is suitable for any occasion. The models come with smooth bezels in black, blue, white, and rhodium grey dials. The green and slate dial is the only variant with coloured numerals and is a standout in the collection.
Each dial colour comes with either an elaborate Jubilee bracelet or the more classic Oyster bracelet. The use of Oyster-steel makes the watches more corrosion-resistant than ordinary steel.
If you’re an entry-level buyer, then get your hands on the Stainless Steel Datejust 41 timepieces that are the most affordable options and offer an understated sophistication.
Want to explore the best of both worlds? The Steel & Yellow Gold Rolex Datejust 41 is here to offer you that and is the most popular Rolex combination. The shine of yellow gold combined with the sturdiness of stainless steel makes sit a lucrative option.
Here also, you get a choice of either a fluted or a smooth bezel, where both come in 18ct yellow gold. The dials come in white, champagne, black, mother of pearl, and the much-famed ‘Wimbledon dial’ blends a grey dial with elegant green Roman numerals.
The Datejust 41 also comes in this striking combination of 18ct white gold and stainless steel. The bracelet and the case come in stainless steel, and the fluted bezel is in 18ct white gold. Even though the white gold and stainless steel appear almost identical, the bezel offers significant clues (as NOTED above).
The dials in white, silver, black, blue, mother of pearl, and rhodium grey work collectively to enhance the appearance of the monochromatic scheme.
Lastly, the Datejust 41 also comes in a combination of 18ct Rose Gold and stainless steel. The warm hue of the rose gold combined with the classic steel colour makes for a fantastic contrast and is a less flashy option than the yellow gold.
Like the rest, this also comes in both Jubilee and Oyster bracelets with Roman and diamond dial markers. If you’re looking for a Datejust 41 model that is more subtle but upholds the same luxury quotient, then this is the one for you!
You have sundust, chocolate brown, pink metallic, and also mother of pearl in dial colours.
There are 6 Reference numbers to choose from. Each represents the type of watch material and the type of bezel that comes fitted with it.
6 Datejust 41 Reference Numbers are:
A quick way to check the metal is to check the last digit of the Reference Number. For instance,
For the bezel, check the second-to-last digit. For instance,
The Calibre 3235 is Rolex’s latest automatic mechanical movement generation of date and time and includes a new escapement design. This feature offers better efficiency along with an improved power reserve.
It offers a power reserve of up to 70 hours which is considerably longer than the older Datejust Calibres that offer up to 48 hours.
Since the launch of the Datejust collection, the popularity of the model has increased tenfold. Given the excellent choices, the Datejust 41 is presently the most significant model to spoil with so many options where each piece caters to different budgets and tastes.
The Datejust 41 is the kind of model you would like to buy for doing anything, anywhere, anytime.
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