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The Rolex Datejust was introduced in 1945 and appeared very similar to the Rolex Bubbleback. Original Rolex Datejust introduced in 1945This was also the same year of the 40 year anniversary of the Rolex company. The Datejust was introduced as the world's first pressure-proof, self-winding calendar wrist chronometer which automatically changed the date in its dial window.  The key differences in the Datejust was the introduction of the date function at the three o’clock position and is slightly thicker than the Bubbleback to accommodate the date wheel, which contained alternating red and black date markers to distinguish between odd and even days. It was fitted with a coin-edged bezel and a "pie-pan" dial. This coin edged bezel was later evolved into what is now known as the "Rolex Fluted Bezel".

The cyclops feature, a magnified two and one half power lens (window) to allow easy visibility of the date, was first released on the Datejust. Rolex also introduced the Thunderbird version of the Datejust, where the only large difference between the two is the bezel: the Thunderbird model uses the Rolex Turn-O-Graph bezel. The Rolex Datejust remained the premier model in the Rolex line of watches until 1956. At this time, Rolex introduced the Day-Date President as its premium model.

In the 1970s, there were four key features that were updated to significantly change the shape of the Datejust from its original design. A new 3135 movement was built to accommodate the quick-set feature and because of this, the Datejust had a smaller profile, a new case, and new dial design. A sapphire crystal soon replaced the plastic acrylic crystal, helping to secure the Datejust as the classic face of the franchise it is today. Over 50 years after the datejust was intoduced it remains a highly sought after model in the Oyster Collection, and is available in a large variety of designs and sizes.

"The Lady Datejust shares all the features of its larger counterpart. Every model has a case hewn from a single block of metal. Every model contains a Perpetual self-winding movement. And every model is equipped with a Twinlock winding crown, ensuring that this most precious of timepieces remains pressure-proof to a warranted depth of 330 feet or 100 meters." (Rolex Talking Points, 24)

To see photos, compare, and view prices of the largest Rolex Datejust collection in the world visit our Rolex Datejust page.

To see photos, compare, and view prices of the Lady Datejust, see our Rolex Lady Datejust page.

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New Style Datejust

Men's Rolex Datejust Two Tone Stainless Steel Watch

Men's Rolex Datejust Two-Tone in Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold with the Jubilee Bracelet. 

The Rolex pictured has a Champagne Stick dial, also known as the face of the Rolex watch.  It also shows the fluted bezel in Rolex gold.

Men's Rolex Datejust Two-Tone with Champagne Dial shown with open clasp


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Men's Rolex Datejust Two-Tone with Champagne Dial. Shown with an Open Clasp on the Jubilee bracelet. 

This is a "no holes" model of the Rolex Datejust.

 

Men's Rolex Two-Tone Stainless Steel 18k Yellow Gold Datejust with Diamond Dial

Men's Rolex Datejust Two-Tone Stainless Steel 18k Yellow Gold

Displaying one of the many options available, the Slate Diamond Dial with the new style set diamonds.

 


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1979 and Older Rolex Models

Non-Quick

Holes present

1979 and Older Rolex Models

Non-Quick

Holes present

1970 - 1982  Rolex Datejust Models

Non-Quick

Holes present

Acrylic Crystal

1980 - 1988 Rolex Datejust

16013

Holes present

Acrylic Crystal

Quick-Set

1980 - 1988 Rolex Datejust
16014

Holes present

Acrylic Crystal

Quick-Set

1982 - 1995 Rolex Datejust

69173

Holes Present

Quick-Set

Holes present

 

1989 - 1996 Rolex Datejust Models

16233 (Fluted Bezel)

16203 (Smooth Bezel)

Holes present

3135 Movement

Quick-Set

1989 - 1996 Rolex Datejust Models

16200 (Smooth)

16220 (Engine-Turn)

16234 (Fluted)

Holes present

3135 Movement

Quick-Set

1995 - 1999 Rolex Datejust model

69173

Quick-Set

No Holes present

2135 Movement

1996 - 2004 Rolex Datejust Models

16233 (Fluted Bezel)

16203 (Smooth Bezel)

16236 (Thunderbird/Turn-O-Graph)

No Holes present

Quick-Set

1996 - 2004Rolex Datejust Models

16200 (Smooth Bezel)

16220 (Engine Turn)

16234 (White Gold Fluted Bezel)

No Holes present

Quick-Set

2000 - 2005 Rolex Datejust Models

79173

Quick-Set

No Holes present

2235 Movement

2005 - Present Models of the Rolex Datejust

116233 (Fluted Bezel)

116203 (Smooth Bezel)

No Holes present

New Style Band

Hidden Clasp on Jubilee Band

Polished Lugs

Quick-Set

2005 - Present Models of the Rolex Datejust

116234 (Fluted)

116200 (Smooth)

No Holes present

New Style Band

Hidden Clasp on Jubilee Band

Polished Lugs

Quick-Set

2005 - Present Models of the Rolex Datejust

179173

Quick-Set

No Holes present

New Style Band

Hidden Clasp on Jubilee Band

Polished Lugs

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