Earlier this year Rolex finally introduced a “Datejust” capable of fulfilling the demands and wishes many of the brands fans were yearning for: the “Rolex Datejust 41”. Finally introducing a bigger sized version of this iconic timepiece, after the middle of the road “Datejust II” model.


The Rolex Datejust is one of the most classic timepieces produced by Rolex. One of its main differentiating qualities is the presence of a cyclops lens that magnifies the date aperture by three times; which only includes the day of the month and not the day of the week, since that has been left to another iconic Rolex the properly designated “Day-Date”, also nicknamed “The President”.


Case wise, there have been various materials and color-schemes applied to the “Datejust” along the years, although the new “Datejust 41” debuted exclusively in two two-tone versions: one made up of 904L stainless-steel with 18k Everose, which is how Rolex calls their rose gold; and a 904L stainless-steel and 18k yellow gold two-tone casing. Since the initial release Rolex has already followed up with more versions; visit their website for more options here.


Rolex Datejust 41 (Ref#:126333)

The Datejust has been around since 1945 onward, when it was presented as the first watch to include a date aperture and a quick-set mechanism. Becoming almost instantly the recognized iconic timepiece that it still represents in these current times. Along these over seven decades there have been countless iterations of the Datejust model produced for men and women.


Originally the case size for the “Datejust” had been a 36mm case for men, which seems like a small size in contemporary trends, but was equally a standard size back in those days. The fluted bezel was also a feature regularly found on either the “Datejust I & II” models, although it wasn’t always an included detail. Until a few years ago when Rolex slightly upgraded it to a ‘larger’ case size and named it “Datejust II”; although to most this version was more like a bloated 36mm with some oddly uneven proportions.

Rolex Datejust II (Ref#:116333)

Rolex Datejust II (Ref#:116333)

Before landing in this new and rightfully named “Rolex Datejust 41” which has finally managed to satisfy many horology aficionados. Those claim this version is a true improvement that follows current watch trends. And actually many of the subtle refinements found on this piece are similar to those we encounter on the new “Day-Date 40” which is a 40mm timepiece, while this “Datejust” took it to 41mm. Also this time around the fluted bezel on the “Datejust 41” comes as an option, so those that don’t appreciate it can opt for a smooth bezel.

Rolex Day-Date 40

Rolex Day-Date 40 (Ref#: 228235)

Another novel element found on the new “Datejust 41” was the reintroduction of the iconic jubilee bracelet, with its interior row of little links followed by larger side links. Although the novelty doesn’t end there since the bracelet has also been modified, becoming the first to be secured by an Oyster deployant clasp.


This addition has stirred some disagreement, since the older jubilee bracelets were secured by a hidden clasp, which didn’t have the deployant buckle. Instead it had a small embossed Rolex logo type adornment that clicked into place, providing a tidy fit. But, a benefit of this new jubilee with the deployant clasp is offering an extension link; similar to the “Rolex GMT Master II” bracelet, providing extra wiggle room if need be. It’s not like the glide-lock found on the “Rolex Submariner” models, but it can still prove to be quite useful.


The new Datejust 41 lock for the jubilee bracelet

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The old lock with embossed Rolex logo on the jubilee bracelet.

Dial wise, there have been various color-schemes applied to the “Datejust” along the years. On the new “Datejust 41” we encounter baton-style hour index markers with a luminescent coating, as do the hands. And of course we encounter the date aperture with the cyclops lens over it at the 3 o’clock position. Three hands and a date aperture has always been part of this watches primary DNA. But, mainly this dial design remains iconic because it has kept the same look along the ages.


Some people jokingly refer to the “Datejust” as the grandfather watch; and with that said my grandpa actually did own a Datejust. The main reason for this is probably due to its widespread success during the 1980’s when the jubilee bracelet was also quite popular. People that bought themselves this watch, tended to do so as a sign of success. And while collectors obviously collect many models, these “grandfather clients” would normally only have one watch as a personal trophy of sorts; a symbol of their accomplishments.


Housed inside the 41mm case is the new Rolex in-house automatic mechanical movement, caliber 3235. This is a similar movement to the one found in the “Day-Date” which is the caliber 3255, but it differs by having the day of the week incorporated.


Packed with almost 3 full days of power reserve on it. This is one of the most accurate movements that Rolex has ever manufactured, assured by their strict “Superlative Chronometer” standards, which is an internal rating system created by Rolex. It guarantees that the watch will stay accurate by a small one to two second discrepancy a day. Rolex claims it’s an improvement over the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) guarantee; although they still submit their watches through it with classifying results.


So, this new “Datejust 41” has initially been released in a two-tone version, but many believe a stainless-steel model can’t be that far away. And in the meantime Rolex has already officially released a stainless-steel model Ref#: 126330. Until then those that appreciate the timelessness of the Datejust look can get a hold of these. A very versatile watch that goes well with any dress occasion, while also having a sporty feel and ruggedness to it. Water-resistant on this watch can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).


Rolex Datejust 41

These “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41” (Ref#: 126333) are powered by a self-winging mechanical movement, caliber 3235 with 31 jewels and 28,800vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound. The new in-house movement contains 14 patented parts, plus a Parachrom hairspring that is ten times more accurate than a regular hairspring.

Rolex caliber 3235

Rolex caliber 3235

Mounted to the watches is a two-tone Rolex jubilee bracelet, secured to the wrist by the aforementioned deployant clasp equipped with an extension link. There are various other color-schemes, materials and options available for these new “Datejust 41” models. For further information and to pre-view the available options, visit the official Rolex website here.


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Written by Bruno Vinhaus