Last year Rolex introduced a thinner “Datejust” model, now they’re back at Baselworld 2017 with a subtle redesign. The end result has been applauded by most. While many horology aficionados have been so distracted by all the other timely releases they haven’t noticed, but were here to shed some light.
Rolex has clearly done a make-over on the new version of their “Datejust”. But, fortunately it seems like they went with a less is more approach that seems quite appealing. Although the watch is still stated to have a 41mm diameter. They have managed to craft it in such a manner that balanced out the proportions and has resulted in a slimmer fit and look. But, the main enhancement was equipping the “Datejust” with the 3235 caliber movement.
The Datejust was always available in a 36mm case with either a smooth or a fluted bezel. Although the fluted version wasn’t ever made available in stainless-steel, only in 18k white gold which obviously attributed it with a heftier price-tag. Another constant with the “Datejust” model was its 36mm, until Rolex introduced the “Datejust II” with a 41mm case.
But, last year Rolex retouched the larger case in an effort to make it seem slimmer and more similar to the 36mm. Thus the “Datejust 41” had come into being, with a new and improved movement, but it was only available in either 18k yellow gold or a two-tone version; until now.
The 41mm case can now be had in various combinations, as seen on their official website; but, at the moment we’re focusing on these stainless-steel options; with either the aforementioned smooth steel bezel, or an 18k white gold fluted bezel.
A hermetically screwed down solid case back was applied to all models, plus tapered lugs that help provide the new slim look and a comfortable fit on the wrist. It also features a: screw-down crown reinforced with a Twinlock double waterproofness system; while also topped by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 100 meters (330 feet).
Time is exhibited on a blue dial with hour index markers as you can see pictured here, but there are many more options available at the Rolex website, such as: black, grey or white; and some can be had with diamond index markers.
But, for the most part the “Datejust 41” has a very simple dial, no matter what color-scheme it contains. The circumference of the dial features minute index markers circling around it. The hands and hour index markers have all been filled with Chromalight, which provides a long-lasting blue luminescence, for an enhanced legibility.
They also added a date aperture with a Cyclops lens over at the 3 o’clock position.
Rolex Datejust 41
This “Rolex Datejust 41” (Ref#: 126334) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber 3235 with 31 jewels and 28,800 Vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 70 hours, when fully wound. This new in-house movement contains 14 patented parts, plus a Parachrom hairspring that is ten times more accurate than a regular hairspring.
Mounted to the watch can either be a: Rolex 904L stainless-steel Oyster bracelet, or a Jubilee bracelet. Both are secured to the wrist by a folding Oysterclasp equipped with an Easylink 5mm comfort extension link.
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