When Rolex first introduced the Datejust in 1945—the year of the brand’s 40th anniversary—it made history. Why? Well, the Datejust was the first self-winding wristwatch to display the date on the dial. Since then, the Datejust has become an integral part of Rolex’s line-up.

 

The Rolex Datejust: An Instant Classic

The watch originally featured a fluted bezel and measured 36mm in diameter. One unique feature of the Rolex Datejust is the 5-piece metal link bracelet (the Jubilee), designed specifically for the Datejust at the time of its introduction. They added the magnifying Cyclops lens in 1955 in order to magnify the date by two and a half times. Over the years, it has also become one of Rolex’s defining features.

The Rolex Datejust can appeal to all watch enthusiasts, no matter their tastes, because the sheer variety that’s available. The Datejust comes in 18kt yellow gold, rose gold, or stainless steel, with options for both men and women. While all cases are still 36mm in diameter, you have your choice of the standard Rolex Oyster or the 5-piece metal link Jubilee bracelet.

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The Rolex Datejust II

In 2009, Rolex introduced the Rolex Datejust II. This line of watches introduced the iconic Datejust with a more streamlined and modern design, with some new innovations. One of the significant differences between the Rolex Datejust and the Rolex Datejust II is the movement. The Datejust II has a chronometer-certified caliber 3136 movement.

However, both the Datejust and Datejust II feature the iconic Oyster case. The Oyster system is an air-tight case that protects the perpetual movement from water and other particles. Both watches also include Rolex’s famous Twinlock Winding Crown, a system that Rolex created in 1953. This system further enhances the water resistance of the watch with two sealed zones, ensuring that nothing gets into the case.

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Beyond just being a celebrated timepiece in its own right, the Datejust has graced plenty of famous wrists. From U.S. Presidents to athletes to celebrities, many icons (including Martin Luther King) have recognized the beauty and tradition of the Rolex Datejust and Rolex Datejust II .

And just like the celebrities who have worn the Datejust throughout history, the watch itself has made a significant and lasting impact on the industry.

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