If you’re only going to be wearing one watch from now on, it needs to be one that you can wear in any situation. For me, that will always be the Rolex Datejust. One of the quintessential Rolex models, the Datejust offers excellent versatility, working just as well with jeans and a t-shirt as it would with a suit and tie.
Rolex Datejust: a brief introduction
The Rolex Datejust is an important watch, and in fact is a milestone in the history of watchmaking. It was when introduced in 1945 (for the 40th anniversary of Rolex), under the ref. 4467, the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window on the dial. Yes, you’ve heard right: before the Datejust, this complication that is now a must for almost every single watch on the market, was not displayed in a window but mainly on sub-dials. Yes, it was Rolex that invented the date function in wristwatches. With its genuine and classic workmanship and style, Rolex Datejust is truly legendary.
Although when launched in 1945, the Datejust was designed for men, over the next 10 years Rolex created a variety of models suitable for women. In 1957, Rolex unveiled the Lady-Datejust: the first official ladies’ version of the date chronometer. This still contains the same iconic features, but its smaller size is more suited for a slimmer wrist. 1992 saw the launch of the Pearlmaster, a new version of the Rolex Lady-Datejust described today as Rolex’s “crowning jewellery watch”. Available in 18ct yellow, white or everose gold and finished with a circle of precious gemstones such as diamonds, sapphires or rubies, the Pearlmaster really is the epitome of the jewellery watch. Today, there’s a variation of the Datejust to suit every women’s taste.
The latest evolution of this icon appeared in 2009, with an updated diameter, moving from 36mm to 41mm, with the Datejust 2. The Rolex Datejust 2 was a larger edition of the Datejust. This enduring model has been worn by many famous individuals including President Dwight Eisenhower, literally countless actors, and even Tony Soprano. Overall, the Replica Rolex Datejust watch is a symbol of timeless luxury and eternal magnificence.