The Rolex Datejust is the modern archetype of the classic watch, thanks to aesthetics and functions that transcend changes in fashion. Aesthetically, the Datejust has spanned eras, while retaining the enduring codes that make it, notably in its traditional versions, one of the most recognized and recognizable of watches.
First introduced in 1945, the Rolex DateJust has remained one of the most recognizable watches over the past several decades. It’s known as the modern prototype of the classic watch and has a versatile, timeless style that can be dressed up or down to wear anywhere. To cater to women with smaller wrist sizes, Rolex introduced the Lady-DateJust in 1957 that offered smaller sizes including 26 mm and 28 mm.
The DateJust was originally available only in 36 mm case diameters until 2009, when Rolex launched the DateJust II collection that offered 41 mm sizes. However, in 2016, Rolex also started releasing regular DateJust watches in 41 mm, commonly called DateJust 41.
Oyster Case - The sturdy Oyster case has been around since 1926 and holds the title of the first waterproof wristwatch case in the world. It provides water-resistance protection to depths of 100 metres (330 feet), which it owes to its solid 904L steel middle block that is fortified with a fluted hermetically screwed case back and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over the dial. Also on the front is a Cyclops magnifying lens on the crystal over the 3 o’clock date window for easy viewing.
Bracelets - The DateJust offers two choices for bracelets, both of which include the folding Oysterclasp and also the Easylink extension system that enables length extensions of 5 mm.
- Jubilee - The 5-link Jubilee bracelet was designed specifically for the DateJust and was also introduced with the watch in 1945. This bracelet is noted as one of the most comfortable watch bracelets among watch wearers, and its attachment to the case is hidden beneath the bezel for seamless flow in style.
- Oyster - Also available with the DateJust is the flat, three-piece link Oyster bracelet that has graced Rolex watches since the 1930s. This bracelet is also popular for its comfort and style versatility
Twinlock Winding Crown - In addition to a water-resistant case, the DateJust also possesses a water-resistant crown. The winding crown is armed with a Twinlock waterproof system that allow it to be screwed down with watertight security. Behind this water-resistant protection are the system’s two sealed zones: one zone inside the crown’s tube and another inside of the crown itself. The Rolex Twinlock system has been around since 1926 and is installed on all Oyster collection watches with 100 meter (330 feet) water resistance.