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The Unique Characteristic of Rolex Datejust Watches

02 April 2024



Rolex Datejust is renowned for its exceptional quality, accuracy, and timeless design. Every detail, from the iconic dial to the signature Jubilee bracelet, has been carefully crafted to create a luxury timepiece that stands the test of time. But what sets it apart from other luxury timepieces on the market? This article will delve into the unique characteristics of Rolex Datejust watches that make them a must-have for any watch enthusiast or collector.

Key Features of Rolex Datejust


While there have been various models and updates over the years, some unique features are often only associated with the Rolex Datejust. However, it is important to note that specific features may vary depending on the model and year of production.

Here are some key characteristics:

Oyster case

The Rolex Oyster case, developed in 1926 as the world’s first waterproof watch case, is a hallmark of the Datejust. Renowned for its water resistance and protection against wear, it is a practical item suitable for everyday wear and even for the most demanding professions.

Date mechanism

As the world’s first self-winding chronometer wristwatch with a date indication, the Datejust introduced a revolutionary feature. While early models changed the date gradually, later versions included an instantaneous date mechanism, which allows the date to change instantly at midnight.

Cyclops magnification lens

In 1953, Rolex added a Cyclops magnification lens above the date window. This small yet impactful detail magnifies the date display at 3 o’clock, significantly improving readability. Originally made of acrylic, modern versions utilise synthetic sapphire, ensuring durability and clarity.

Automatic movement

Rolex has continuously improved the automatic movement in the Datejust over the years, with Caliber 3235 being the most recent in modern versions. This movement guarantees precise timekeeping and showcases the brand’s dedication to technological and engineering innovation.

Variety in Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Datejust stands out not only for its history and features but also for its appealing variety. Different sizes, metal options, bezel variations, and bracelet choices allow for personalisation, ensuring a perfect model for every wrist.

Size options

The Rolex Datejust collection offers a diverse range of sizes to cater to various preferences and wrist sizes:

  • Lady-Datejust 28mm

A slightly more prominent option, the Lady-Datejust 28mm is favoured for its balance of elegance and modern sizing, appealing to those seeking a refined look.


  • Midsize Datejust 31mm

Striking a balance between the traditional and the modern, the Midsize Datejust 31mm caters to those who prefer a slightly larger yet understated timepiece.


  • Datejust 36 36mm

The 36mm Datejust is the brand’s most traditional sizing, embraced by both men and women. Its versatile dimensions make it a timeless choice suitable for various occasions.


  • Datejust II 41mm (discontinued)

The Datejust II offered a bolder presence with its significant 41mm case. Although discontinued, it attracted those drawn to a more substantial and contemporary wristwatch.


  • Datejust 41 41mm

The modern Datejust 41mm caters to the trend towards more oversized timepieces, providing a contemporary and bold option while maintaining the collection’s elegance.




    Size Options

    Metal options

    The Datejust collection boasts a diverse array of metal choices, allowing individuals to select a model that aligns with their style preferences:


    • Stainless steel

    Stain steel is a durable and classic choice that provides a sleek, understated look suitable for casual and formal occasions.


    • Yellowgold

    Adding a touch of luxury, yellow gold Datejust models exude elegance and opulence, making a statement on the wrist.


    • White gold

    White gold offers a cool and modern alternative for a contemporary and sophisticated aesthetic, blending seamlessly with various styles.


    • White Rolesor (stainless steel with a white gold bezel)

    Combining stainless steel with a white gold bezel provides a refined and timeless appearance, striking a perfect balance between classic and contemporary.


    • Everose Rolesor (two-tone rose gold and stainless steel)

    The rose gold and stainless steel blend in Everose Rolesor models offers a warm, modern aesthetic with a hint of grandeur.

      Metal Options

      • Platinum (limited to Lady-Datejust and midsize Datejust models)

      Platinum is an exclusive option available only in Lady-Datejust and midsize Datejust models. It gives these models a unique and luxurious appearance, making them stand out.

      Bezel options

      The bezel, sitting atop the Oyster case, defines the visual character of the Datejust:

      • Smooth

      A polished and sleek option, the smooth bezel adds understated elegance to the Datejust, suitable for a classic and refined look.


      • Fluted

      The iconic fluted bezel, synonymous with Rolex, catches the light beautifully and imparts a luxurious and timeless appeal, often found on Rolesor and solid gold models.


      • Gem-set

      For those seeking added glamour, gem-set bezels featuring precious stones elevate the Datejust into a statement piece, ideal for special occasions.

      Bezel Options

      • Engine-turned (discontinued)

      Previously available, the engine-turned-bezel featured intricate patterns, adding a vintage charm. However, it has been discontinued.


      • Rotating “Turn-O-Graph” (discontinued)

      Introduced in 1954, the rotating bezel with a “Turn-O-Graph” feature, while discontinued, reflected a sportier and functional aspect in the Datejust collection.

      Bracelet options

      The bracelet selection enhances the overall aesthetic and comfort of the Datejust:


      • Five-link Jubilee

      Introduced in 1945 alongside the Datejust, the Jubilee bracelet’s five-link construction exudes sophistication and timelessness, enhancing the watch’s overall aesthetic.


      • Three-link Oyster

      Known for its robustness and sporty appeal, the Oyster bracelet is a durable and classic option for various occasions.


      Bracelet Options
      • Three-link President (limited to Lady-Datejust and midsize Datejust models)

      The President bracelet, featuring semi-circular links, conveys a sense of luxury and exclusivity, available in specific sizes within the Datejust collection.


      • Leather straps (discontinued)

      While discontinued, leather straps offered a refined and dressier alternative, providing the Datejust a unique look and feel.


      • Integrated Jubilee and Oyster (exclusive to Oysterquartz; discontinued)

      Also discontinued, the integrated Jubilee and Oyster bracelet, exclusive to the Oysterquartz models, combines elements of both for a distinctive design.

      Are you ready to discover the perfect Rolex Datejust for you?


      With so many models and features, you will surely find one that perfectly fits your style and personality. Do not wait any longer to make a statement with a luxury timepiece that will last a lifetime.  

      Send an enquiry or book an appointment with us today, and our team will guide you in finding the ideal Rolex Datejust that meets your needs and preferences. Take the first step towards a smarter investment in yourself and your style, and let us help you make the right choice!