The Rolex Datejust 41 is not for everybody. First of all, it’s a Rolex, a fact that many will take immediate issue with. Second, it looks kind of boring, like something your father (or his father) would wear. Look beyond these initial doubts, however, and you will find it is the perfect every day watch. Read on to discover exactly why.
The Datejust Legacy
A long-standing classic in the Rolex line-up, the Datejust made its debut in 1945. It was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer watch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock. It also represented a consolidation of all major innovations from Rolex up until that point. The Rolex Datejust has seen many updates over the years, both technical and aesthetic. Still, the fundamental design remains true to the original. That’s what makes it such a recognisable watch on the wrist.
The Rolex Datejust 41
Classic and elegant, the Rolex Datejust 41 makes a strong yet subtle statement on the wrist. It looks great with a suit and tie and lets people know you mean business. Its main drawback? The only ‘steel’ option was yellow Rolesor. That’s Rolex speak for steel with 18k yellow gold links and fluted bezel and a champagne dial. A nice watch no doubt but a little too old-school for my tastes.
Not so anymore. The Rolex Datejust 41 is now available in a much hipper full steel version. Best of all, it comes with or without a white gold fluted bezel depending on your preference. Now, this classic model has become a lot more accessible and appealing to a younger audience. It’s also more wearable on a day-to-day basis.
With the Datejust 41, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Remember, this is Rolex after all. As the name suggests, the Rolex Datejust 41 comes in a 41mm Oyster case, waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet). That’s thanks to the brand’s patented Twinlock double waterproofness system. The winding crown screws down against the case to ensure a secure seal. The crystal, with iconic Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of sapphire. The middle case is crafted from a solid block of 904L steel.
There are several dial colours to choose from; black, dark rhodium, slate, silver, blue, white. There’s even white mother-of-pearl with diamond hour markers if you’re feeling fancy. All dials are manufactured in house and feature a subtle sun-ray finish. On the non-diamond versions the hour markers are made from 18ct gold to prevent tarnishing. Hands and hour markers are treated with Rolex’s Chromalight display. This ensures long-lasting luminescence even in low-light conditions.
Inside is the calibre 3235. This self-winding mechanical movement is developed and manufactured by Rolex. It boasts 14 patents in total, including the new Chronergy escapement. This escapement combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference. New barrel architecture and superior efficiency means a power reserve of 70 hours. The 3235 carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015. This means it is very accurate (−2/+2 seconds per day) and reliable.
The Rolex Datejust 41 comes on either a stainless steel Oyster or Jubilee bracelet. Fun fact: the Jubilee, a five-piece link metal bracelet, was made especially for the launch of the Oyster Perpetual Datejust in 1945. My preference is still for the Oyster bracelet but that’s personal taste. Both feature the new concealed attachment system beneath the bezel. This allows the bracelet to connect seamlessly into the case. A folding Oysterclasp closes the bracelet. The patented Easylink rapid extension system allows you to increase the bracelet length by up to 5 mm. Perfect for those hot summer afternoons when you need to roll up your shirt-sleeves.
The Rolex Datejust 41 is a robust and versatile timepiece, aka the perfect everyday watch. Keep it simple with a full Oystersteel model priced from GBP 5,500. Or splash out a bit extra and get the new Rolesor model with 18ct white gold fluted bezel priced from GBP 6,950. Our favourite is the blue dial model pictured, with Oyster bracelet and white gold bezel.
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Technical Specifications: Rolex Datejust 41
- Case: Oyster – 41 mm – Oystersteel or Oystersteel and white gold – monobloc middle case, screw-down case back and winding crown – smooth or fluted bezel – waterproof to 100 metres / 330 feet.
- Dial: Available in several colours – 18ct gold hour markers – Chromalight display with longlasting luminescence on hour markers and hands.
- Movement: Calibre 3235 – bidirectional self-winding via Perpetual rotor – paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring, high-performance paraflex shock absorbers – centre hour, minute and seconds hands – instantaneous date with rapid setting.
- Price: GBP 5,500 to GBP 6,950.