The Rolex Datejust 41 is not for everybody. First of all, it’s a Rolex, a fact that many will take immediate issue with. Secondly, it looks kind of boring, like maybe something your father (or his father) would wear. Look beyond these initial first impressions however and I think you’ll find it’s actually the perfect every day watch, especially for corporate wear.
The Rolex Datejust 41
Classic and elegant, the Rolex Datejust 41 makes a statement on the wrist but without the additional heft of a full-blown tool watch. It looks great with a suit and tie and has just enough authority to let people know you mean business without overstepping your place. In fact, the only real problem with this watch is that, up until very recently, the only ‘steel’ option was two-tone 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. At Baselworld 2017 it was announced that the Rolex Datejust 41 would now also be available in a much hipper full steel version, with or without a white gold fluted bezel depending on your preference. Not only does this make this classic model a lot more accessible and appealing to a younger audience, it also makes it a lot more wearable on a day-to-day basis.
As the name suggests, the Rolex Datejust 41 is presented in a nicely sized 41mm Oyster case. A long-standing classic in the Rolex line-up, the original Datejust was first introduced in 1945. It was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock on the dial, and consolidated all of the major innovations from Rolex up until that point. Over the years it’s seen a number of updates, both technically and aesthetically, however the overall design largely remains true to the original, which is what makes it such an instantly recognizable watch on the wrist.
You also get a lot of bang for your buck. Remember, this is Rolex after all. For starters, the Oyster case of the Rolex Datejust 41 is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 100 metres (330 feet) and is fitted with the Twinlock double waterproofness system, with the winding crown screwing down securely against the case. Meanwhile the crystal, with a Cyclops lens at 3 o’clock for easy reading of the date, is made of sapphire, while the middle case is crafted from a solid block of 904L steel.
Inside is the calibre 3235, a self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed and manufactured by Rolex. It boasts 14 patents in total, including the new Chronergy escapement patented by Rolex, which combines high energy efficiency with great dependability. Made of nickel-phosphorus, it is also insensitive to magnetic interference. Thanks to its new barrel architecture and the escapement’s superior efficiency, the calibre 3235 offers a healthy power reserve of approximately 70 hours. Plus it carries the Superlative Chronometer certification redefined by Rolex in 2015, which basically means it is exceptionally accurate (−2/+2 seconds per day) and reliable.
Offered on your choice of either a stainless steel Oyster or Jubilee bracelet (my preference is for the former), both feature the new concealed attachment system beneath the bezel, meaning the bracelet connects seamlessly into the case. A folding Oysterclasp is used to close the bracelet of the Rolex Datejust 41, while the Rolex-patented Easylink rapid extension system allows you to easily increase the bracelet length by approximately 5 mm. Perfect for those hot summer afternoons when you need to roll up your shirt-sleeves.
A number of dial colors are available and obviously you can choose whether you want to splash out a bit extra and get the new Rolesor model (with 18k white gold fluted bezel). My personal preference is for the new blue dial model pictured, with the Oyster bracelet and white gold bezel.
For more information and official pricing in your region, check out www.rolex.com