Hands-On – The Rolex Datejust 41 in Steel (a.k.a. The Perfect All-Rounder Watch)

Hands-On – The Rolex Datejust 41 in Steel (a.k.a. The Perfect All-Rounder Watch)

An rich games watch? A hearty dress watch? An easygoing watch? Consider it the manner in which you need, the Rolex Datejust basically is the meaning of the all-rounder, such a SUV among watches which covers pretty much all the bases, which can go all over the place and which can be worn with everything. The Rolex Datejust 41, first presented at Baselworld 2016 out of two-tone , presently comes in steel renditions , which implies that it is currently more moderate and significantly more adaptable. This is the reason we needed to go active with the new emphasess of this symbol (ref. 126300 and ref. 126334), that we’ll name a SUW, a Sports Utility Watch.

There’s no compelling reason to say that the Rolex Datejust is perhaps the most symbolic models of the “Crown“. Somewhat less desired than the Submariner or the Daytona, yet it stays the original watch by Rolex : straightforward yet productive and focussed on the basics, it has most likely motivated many watches now available. It stays a reference in the field of “classic watches”, it’s not very dressy, nor excessively energetic. Before we proceed onward to the latest references, the Datejust 41 in steel or Rolesor – ref. 126300 and ref. 126334 – let’s think back on the historical backdrop of the model .

Background – Short history of the Datejust

The Rolex Datejust is a significant watch, and truth be told is an achievement in the historical backdrop of watchmaking. It was when presented in 1945 (for the 40th commemoration of Rolex), under the ref. 4467, the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to show the date in a window on the dial. Indeed, you’ve heard right: before the Datejust, this complication that is currently an unquestionable requirement for pretty much each and every watch available, was not shown in a window however mostly on sub-dials. The Datejust presented what is the standard now in the business: the date window at 3 o’clock. This common element is the brainchild of Rolex… among numerous others.

The Rolex Datejust’s complete name was and still is in actuality the “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust”, implying that even at the hour of its presentation, it previously highlighted 2 significant advancements of Rolex: the Oyster case, in this manner being a waterproof watch, and the Perpetual winding, implying that it was a programmed watch with 360° rotor. And it was near flawlessness: a 3-hand watch with a date opening at 3 o’clock that changed naturally at 12 PM. On account of an intermediate gear and a spring instrument, the date circle had the option to take a moment leap at precisely 12 PM. The date was only, constantly – and this element is still essential for the current collections.

As you can see, the plan of the main arrangement remains fairly near what we know now, regardless of whether two highlights have changed throughout the long term: the fluted bezel (the initial ones had a coin-style bezel) and something that is a real Rolex’ trademark: the cyclops – the magnifier over the date window. This trademark component of the genuine Datejust just seemed in 1954, following nine years of production.

Over the years, the Rolex Datejust advanced, bringing new plans, new dials, improved developments and a few different refinements. Nonetheless, the idea – a 3-hand watch with a date opening at 3 – and the general look which has stayed devoted to the first, many more than one reference. The most recent advancement of this symbol showed up in 2009, with a refreshed distance across, moving from 36mm to 41mm, with the Datejust 2.

The Rolex Datejust 2 was a bigger version of the Datejust… and numerous authorities of Rolex never truly appreciated this watch, seen by some as excessively massive, principally in view of enormous lists and a fat bezel. The distance across itself can’t be blamed however the extents are. This will be this watch that Rolex refreshed at Baselworld 2016, with the new Rolex Datejust 41. Furthermore, as declared at Baselworld 2017, it presently comes in steel.

The Rolex Datejust 41… in Steel

Well, above all else, don’t anticipate that some drastic changes should the Datejust. It’s Rolex we’re discussing and each new model is commonly a greater amount of a development of the past one instead of a complete upgrade. Consequently, the Datejust 41, the one that replaces the Datejust 2, shares numerous likenesses, the first being its 41mm width. Consequently, you may figure it will confront a similar issue: being cumbersome. Be that as it may, you’d not be right. To be sure, Rolex applied on the Datejust a similar formula as the Day-Date 40 dispatched in 2015: slimmer case, more slender bezel, and more tightened hauls. By and large, this is just about extents, yet these new extents make the Datejust significantly more rich and restrained.

Seen from the side, the focal compartment that contains the development is slimmer, smaller and the tips of the hauls are more bended and more sharp, implying that it the two gives the watch a more thin shape and – significant actuality – the Datejust 41 impeccably “hugs” the wrist – in any event, for those with more modest wrists. This watch may be 41mm across, it unquestionably wears more modest. Additionally, the slimmer case permits wearing this watch under a sleeve, which is somewhat significant thinking about where the greater part of the wearers will utilize this watch (business climate or easygoing stylish places). So, the case is more rich, more compact and the various extents given by the bigger dial/more slender bezel gives more presence to this watch.

Compared to the two-tone Rolesor rendition presented in 2016 , the Rolex Datejust 41 in steel introduced for this present year is just about the distinction in materials. Be that as it may, it’s a touch more complex than simply steel on steel… truth be told, the Datejust 41 in steel can likewise be named Rolesor, in the event that it comes with a fluted bezel. I know, it’s somewhat complex. At Rolex, if the fluted bezel is such a trademark, it likewise infers the utilization of white gold on steel watches, as the “Crown” never makes these fluted bezels in steel. Nonetheless, when the Datejust highlights a level bezel (like the dim dial ref. 126300 above), it implies that the case and the arm band are 100% tempered steel. Follow me…?

What changed on the Rolex Datejust 41 isn’t such a great amount about the dial, except for the somewhat slimmer applied records. On the other hand, it’s no insurgency, in any case, this befits very well the new case. As far as tones, the decision is wide, yet exceptionally old style: blue, white, dark, silver, anthracite. On the off chance that you’re searching for more beautiful choices, investigate the Oyster Perpetual 39mm ref. 114300 . The Datejust is an exemplary among the classics… However, there was excellent news as well: the comeback of the Jubilee wristband, notwithstanding the 3-interface Oyster arm band. Its famous 5-interface profile, just as its incredible comfort, will be very welcome by some on the Datejust 41. It presently includes a consistent combination to the case (covered up under the bezel). Both the Jubilee and the Oyster wristband highlight the collapsing Oysterclasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort expansion link.

The other oddity concerns the development, as inside the new age of the Datejust 41 is the calibre 3235, offering enhancements as far as accuracy, protection from stuns and attractive fields, redesigned power hold (presently 70 hours) and winding effectiveness. This development, in light of the new design dispatched on the Day-Date 40 , will gradually supplant the notorious yet very old type 3135 and 3136 (as found in the Submariner or the past Sea-Dweller and obviously in the Datejust 2). It isn’t only an advancement of the current 3135/3136 developments, as more than 90% of the parts are new. A few fields of examination have been executed in the 32xx arrangement, including the utilization of energy, its restoring and its stockpiling lastly the precision. It highlights the new Chronergy escapement and the offset wheel is fitted with the Parachrom hairspring, a paramagnetic composite selective to Rolex. It is managed inside resiliences of −2/+2 seconds of the day or more than twice that expected of an authority chronometer.

Finally, there’s the general nature of the watch, which is basically amazing in this value range – it’s very hard to track down a watch estimated under 10,000 Euro with a particularly level of accuracy in the changes or such sensitive finishings. Regardless of whether you take a gander at the case, the bezel or the wristband, all surfaces are entirely cleaned or brushed and no hole is obvious between the parts. Same goes for the dials, with heavenly printings and sharp hands and indexes… Rolex’s quality shouldn’t be demonstrated any longer, and this Datejust 41 is another illustration of the Crown’s mastery.

Prices for the new Rolex Datejust 41 territory from 6,750 Euro (cleaned steel bezel, on Oyster wristband), to 6,850 Euro (cleaned steel bezel, on Jubilee arm band). As said, the fluted bezel infers 18k white gold, hence costs are higher: 8,600 Euro on Oyster arm band and 8,700 Euro on Jubilee wristband. Accessible in stores now.

Why is the Datejust a particularly adaptable watch?

Very great inquiry we have here… Indeed, we have consistently thought to be this watch as the encapsulation of the “classic easygoing watch“. By that comprehend a watch that can be the unrivaled, the one that you can wear each day, all over, with everything. Truth be told, the Datejust is a fairly bizarre combination of highlights from dress watches and sports watches. And keeping in mind that this might have basically neglected to be adjusted, on account of Datejust, it turns out to be an ideal recipe.

  • From a dress watch, you’ll get the thin profile, the slender fluted bezel, the somewhat straightforward showcase (time-and-date), the little crown, the fragile contacts, for example, the rod hands or the applied markers, the exemplary tones (blue and silver, anthracite)
  • From a games watch, you’ll get the solid steel case, the 100m water opposition, the radiant hands and markers and the full metallic attire

As basic for what it’s worth, it makes the Datejust a watch that is complete. It’s slim and restrained enough to be worn with a suit and to fit under a sleeve, the tones accessible are not difficult to coordinate with dim blue, dark or dim (the sacred trinity of suit colours), it flies under the radar enough to never be stunning during a conference. Likewise, the 41mm breadth makes it sportier and more present day than the traditional 36mm variant. The case is unshakable, the full metallic look will be incredible on ends of the week as well and the 100m water obstruction is all that could possibly be needed for a hop in the sea… Just like an Audi Q5 that can take the children to class prior to going to a gathering and ride comfortably a few customers, just as dealing with a touch of mud during the ends of the week. This is it, the Datejust is an all-rounder that won’t ever look wrong (aside from possibly with a tuxedo…), making it a definitive SUW – Sports Utility Watch.


Technical Specifications – Rolex Datejust 41 in Steel

  • Case: 41mm distance across – Steel (level cleaned bezel) or white Rolesor (steel and 18k white gold for the fluted bezel) – sapphire precious stone with AR covering, cyclops focal point over the date – water impervious to 100m –
  • Movement: Caliber 3235 – mechanical with automatic winding – 70h force save – 28,800 vibrations/h – 31 gems – hours, minutes, seconds and quick date
  • Bracelet: Oyster 3-piece arm band or Jubilee 5-piece wristband – Rolex-protected Easylink rapid augmentation system
  • Reference: 126300 (anthracite dial with cleaned steel bezel and Jubilee arm band) – 126334 (blue dial with 18k white gold fluted bezel and Oyster bracelet)
  • Price: from 6,750 Euro to 8,700 Euro