Rolex Datejust II
A reinterpretation of the classic Rolex, the new Datejust II is now presented in a completely flat bezel. The case is typical of the Datejust II is made of a corrosion-resistant block of stainless steel 904L.
The elegant solid 904L stainless steel Oyster bracelet with the rapid expansion EasyLink ingenious easily increase the length of the strap for comfort in all conditions.
Since its launch in 1945, the Rolex Datejust has undergone many redesigns, all of them of the desirable and collectible kind.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust has an interesting history starting from its launch in 1945 in conjunction with the luxury watch company’s 40th anniversary. From the start, it was driven by innovation beginning with its status as the first wristwatch with an automatic date changing function. Here are a few more of the most notable variations of the watch, an iconic timepiece that is as popular among serious watch collectors with the money to spar as among hobbyists who save up for it.
In The 1950s
Many luminaries in politics, entertainment, and technology have been known to wear Datejusts. U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower wore a solid gold reference number 6305 when he posed for the cover of Life magazine; it was sold at auction in September 2014.
The 1950s was about the 6305 Datejusts, a highly collectible item that even die-hard Daytona collectors want to add to their own collections. These wristwatches were made of solid steel, the metal for the manliest of men, with either gray-black or creamy white dial; the gray-black was even then considered the more desirable and, thus, the more collectable because of its dark yet elegant appeal. Both variations, however, had a honeycomb texture that added to their distinctive appearance.
And then there’s the 6604, which dates back to 1957. It was made of solid platinum, the noblest of metals used in wristwatches in modern times, which excited Rolex aficionados then, as it still does today. It was also characterized by the black honeycomb dial coupled with gilt printing, design details that also made it a collectible item.
Datejust In The 1990s
The 16220 was a child of the 1990s. It has a run-of-the-mill Rolex look but upon closer inspection reveals exquisite design details that makes it just as collectible as its predecessors. It has a movement modified by a co-axial escapement, an invention developed by George Daniels who later sold the technology to Rolex’s rival, Omega.
The 21st Century
In contemporary times, the 36mm Oyster Perpetual Datejust takes center stage among Rolex fans who want the marriage of classic Rolex design and contemporary Rolex movement. Considered as the modern descendant of the first Datejust, the Rolex Reference Number 116200 comes in several combinations of metals, dials, and bracelets, among others.
- Classic 36mm size, in contrast with the 41mm of 2009’s Datejust II. While 36mm may sound too small, it’s just the right size when worn on the wrist especially when its substantial weight is factored in.
- Stainless steel case, particularly 904L steel. It’s described as a low-carbon alloy with higher resistance against damage, such as corrosion, dents, and scratches, which means better resistance against wear-and-tear over the long-term period. After all, it’s no use paying tens of thousands of dollars for a wristwatch that cannot stand the test of time especially as a working watch, so to speak.
The choices in bracelet are the Jubilee and Oyster. While the Datejust was introduced with the Jubilee bracelet, you may prefer the Oyster bracelet because of its less dressy feel and shiny look, thus, making it more suitable for everyday wear – unless, of course, you want a dressier and shinier bracelet, then go for the Jubilee type.
- Bezel choices are the traditional fluted white gold and modern flat bezel, both of which are beautiful to look at. Your personal preference again wins in your choice although it must also be said that the Oyster bracelet and traditional fluted white gold bezel work well together.
- Dial options are just as aplenty, too. You can, for example, choose the Datejust with the simple hands and stick markers on a sunburst champagne dial.
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