One of the most well-known and recognisable brands in the world is Rolex. It is unquestionably the most popular watch manufacturer in the whole world. The company’s history and its products deserve more credit than they get. Moving on to Rolex’s Datejust which is one of the earliest models still in production, making it an ideal case study for understanding what makes Rolex unique.
In honour of Rolex’s 40th anniversary, the first Datejust was released in 1945. A jubilee party (thus the name of the new band) was hosted at the Hotel des Bergues (now the Four Seasons and the scene of such classic Christie’s sales as Rolex Daytona: Lesson One) in Geneva by Wilsdorf himself, where the watch was introduced. To our knowledge, this was the first automatic wristwatch to feature an always-updating date window. As a modern-day convenience, this function is taken for granted nowadays, yet in the 1940s it was revolutionary.
In today’s article we’ll be comparing two of the most popular Rolex datejust watches” Rolex Datejust 36 & Rolex Datejust 41. So, without further ado, let’s get right into it!
|Model:||Rolex Datejust 36||Rolex Datejust 41|
|History||Richer history, one of the first innovations|
of Rolex as a brand
|Comparatively very new|
|Price:||$5000- $10,000 (Comparatively Cheaper)||$8000-$15000 (Comparatively More Expensive|
|Model case:||Oyster, Oystersteel and white gold||Oyster, Oystersteel|
|Material:||White Rolesor – combination of Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold||Oystersteel|
|Bezel:||Rolex is releasing four new Oyster Perpetual Datejust 36 models, each with a different dial motif, including “palm” and “fluted.”||Smooth|
|Crystal:||Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date||Scratch-resistant sapphire, Cyclops lens over the date|
|Water Resistance:||100 meters and comes with the Twinlock double waterproofness system||100 meters and comes with the Twinlock double waterproofness system|
|Movement:||Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding||Perpetual, mechanical, self-winding|
|Caliber:||3235, Manufacture Rolex||3235, Manufacture Rolex|
|Functions:||Datejust 36 comes with a date setting that you can alter quite easily||Same as Datejust 36|
|Oscillator:||Paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring. High-performance Paraflex shock absorbers||Same as Datejust 36|
|Power reserve:||70 hours||70 hours|
Rolex Datejust 36
The Datejust 36 for 2019 exceeded all expectations. Modern classic lovers will appreciate this model’s improvements, which elevate it to the status of an ideal every day watch. This watch looks and feels great on the wrist thanks to its smaller lugs, case, and bezel. The Datejust family may be worn on both small and large wrists, so don’t be fooled. If you have large wrists, I recommend the 41mm. In addition to its overall style, the 36mm Datejust 36 with the fluted bezel is a fantastic fit for a wide range of wrist sizes because it has a strong presence without being overbearing.
The Dial And The Case
I was never a fan of the white Roman numeral dial until I saw this year’s model up close. It’s easy to get lost in this dial, even with the black outside track keeping the Roman numbers straight. Whether you’re dressed up or just hitting the town in jeans and a t-shirt, its adaptability means you can wear it with any outfit. For those who don’t like Roman numerals on the face of their watch, Rolex offers a wide range of dial marking and color options.
The lugs, case, and bezel of the 2019 36mm Datejust have been updated. The 2019 version of the 36mm has a more refined design and feel compared to previous editions. The narrow lugs on this watch make it feel like an extension of your wrist, so there’s no place for irritation. As for the bezel, if you compare the 2019 Datejust 36 to the 2018 edition, you’ll see that the bezel is a little less noticeable. The fluted bezel, while more subdued, yet allows for a certain amount of glitz when the light hits it just right.
Jubilee Bracelet Of Rolex Datejust 36
The Jubilee bracelet received minor changes similar to those introduced to the Datejust 36 case, making it an incremental improvement over its predecessors. The polished middle links on this bracelet are intended to better match the case’s curvature. Also new is the clasp, which now has a 5-millimeter Easylink extender for when the temperature rises and your wrist starts to expand.
Within The Rolex Datejust 36
Many of Rolex’s models have had their movements overhauled, including the Datejust 36. The Rolex calibre 3235, which has a 70-hour power reserve, 31 jewels, and a frequency of 4 Hz/28,800 vph, powers this watch. With Rolex and COSC certification, the movement is guaranteed to be accurate to a second every day, no matter the time of day. The Parachrom hairspring and the Paraflex shock absorbers, in addition to being highly accurate, are features of this movement. All of these factors combine to produce a mechanism that is robust, precise, and long-lasting. I’m pleased to report that this piece has exceeded my expectations after wearing it every day for the past few months. There is no doubt that it has kept perfect time, with an average daily precision of +1/-2 seconds.
Rolex Datejust 41
Some people may not like the Rolex Datejust 41 Ref. 126334. It appears to be tedious. Something your father or grandfather might have worn. At first look, it appears such. Look a bit closer, however, and you’ll discover the Datejust 41’s inherent worth. It’s the ideal timepiece for everyday wear. Well-balanced. The design is well-balanced. And it has just the right amount of wrist appeal to get people’s attention without making a disturbance.
Color options include black, dark rhodium, sandblasted silver, blue and white. Diamond hour markers are also available in white mother-of-pearl. Every single one of these items is made in-house and has a faint sun-ray or matt gloss to it. The hour markers on the watches without diamonds are made of 18ct gold to prevent tarnish. Rolex’s Chromalight display is used to illuminate the hands and hour markings of its timepieces. This assures that the light will last for a long time. Even in dimly lit areas.
The 3235 calibre is housed in the watch. Rolex is responsible for the design and manufacture of this mechanical self-winding movement. In total, 14 patents are listed on the dial, including one for the Chronergy escapement mechanism. The remarkable energy efficiency of this escapement is matched by a high level of reliability. It’s made of nickel-phosphorus, which makes it impervious to magnetic hum.
A 70-hour power reserve is possible because to a new barrel design and improved efficiency. In 2015, Rolex redesigned the Superlative Chronometer certification for the 3235. This indicates that it is extremely accurate (2/+2 seconds per day) and trustworthy.
Over the years, the line has undergone numerous technical and aesthetic enhancements. Even yet, the overall look and feel is a faithful recreation of the original. That’s one of the things that makes it so distinctive.
The Rolex Datejust 41, on the other hand, has always had a major flaw. Yellow Rolesor was the sole “steel” option. For a steel bracelet with 18k gold-plated centre links, that’s Rolex talk. A champagne dial and a gold fluted bezel complete the look. Unquestionably a beautiful timepiece, but a tad too retro for my tastes. However, I must confess that two-tone has resurfaced as a fashion staple in recent years.
In my personal view, I prefer Rolex Datejust 36 as it suits me better, and has a richer history attached to it. Datejust 36 also offers more variety in its bezels, and insides for the open market to choose from. Moreover, it in some product reviews, it has been identified as a more durable of the two Datejust, but that might be a subjective alteration. Last but not the least, the Datejust 41mm only offers the yellow rolesor which is often considered to be a flaw by its critiques.