Pre-Owned Rolex Datejust Watches

As the first self-winding, waterproof chronometer wristwatch to have a date window, the Datejust redefined functionality and elegance on the wrist. And now you can be a part of its iconic legacy. Browse our category of pre-owned Datejust watches and find the one that complements your discerning taste.

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Meet Iconic Rolex Datejust

Born in 1945 to commemorate Rolex's 40th anniversary, the Datejust marked a monumental shift in watchmaking. It was the world's first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date. This seemingly simple addition of a date window was revolutionary, forever changing how we interacted with timepieces.

The cleverly placed Cyclops lens, magnifying the date for effortless reading, became another iconic feature. Beyond functionality, the Datejust is a definition of elegance. Its classic Oyster case, available in a variety of materials like Oystersteel and gold, and the refined Jubilee bracelet make this watch instantly recognizable, speaking of its timeless allure.

For most collectors, owning a Datejust isn't just about possessing a watch. It's about acquiring a piece of horological history that promises enduring style and impeccable quality.

Rolex Datejust Key Features

  • Oyster Case: The Rolex Datejust features the iconic Oyster case, a waterproof design pioneered by Rolex in 1926. This case is crafted from high-grade stainless steel, 18k gold, or a combination of both, and it is guaranteed to withstand depths of up to 100 meters (330 feet).
  • Automatic Caliber: A self-winding mechanical movement, also known as an automatic caliber, powers the Datejust. Rolex calibers are renowned for their precision and reliability. Datejust models are equipped with caliber 2236 (Datejust 31) or caliber 3235 (Datejust 36 and Datejust 41).
  • Date Window: One of the defining features of Datejust is the date window at the 3 o'clock position. This was a revolutionary addition when the watch was first introduced as it was the first time a date function had been incorporated into a wristwatch.
  • Cyclops Lens: To make the date easily readable, Rolex equips the Datejust with a Cyclops lens, a small magnifying bubble integrated into the sapphire crystal above the date window.

About Datejust Watches: A Brief History

The Rolex Datejust traces its origins to the visionary mind of Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of Rolex. Fueled by a desire to push the boundaries of horology, Wilsdorf had already established Rolex's reputation for water resistance with the introduction of the Oyster case in 1926.

However, his ambitions soared even higher. He envisioned a wristwatch that not only conquered the elements but also seamlessly integrated practical functionality into its design. This vision materialized in 1945 with the unveiling of the Datejust.

Encased in an 18-karat gold Oyster shell, this pioneering timepiece held a revolutionary secret: the Caliber 710 movement. Debuting under the reference number 4467, this initial iteration of the Datejust has become a holy grail for collectors, remaining a highly sought-after model to this day.

Browse Pre-Owned Datejust Collection

The enduring marriage of innovation, practicality, and timeless design is what makes the Rolex Datejust a legend in all the meanings of the word. What are some of the most highly coveted pre-owned Rolex Datejust variants you can find in our collection?

Rolex Datejust 36

The Rolex Datejust 36 is the quintessential expression of the Rolex Datejust line. The 36mm case diameter offers a perfect balance between elegance and functionality. It sits comfortably on most wrists, making it a versatile choice for men and women alike. This size has become synonymous with the Datejust, but this is not the only diameter available in this iconic line.

Rolex Datejust 31

The Rolex Datejust 31 represents a refined iteration of the iconic Datejust, tailored for those who favor a more compact wristwatch. The defining characteristic of the Datejust 31 is its 31mm case diameter. Compared to the standard Datejust's 36mm, it may offer a more refined feel, perfect for those with slender wrists or those who prefer a classic, less bulky look.

Rolex Datejust 41

The Rolex Datejust 41 features a 41mm case diameter, which may provide a more substantial and modern feel on the wrist. Rolex offers the Datejust 41 in a stunning array of materials. Options include Oystersteel, 18k yellow, white, or Everose gold, and even combinations of these metals in their Rolesor configurations.

Datejust Watches Price Trends

The Rolex Datejust is prized for its enduring design and reputation for holding its value well. The pre-owned market for Rolex Datejust watches is settling after a surge in prices during the COVID-19 pandemic. While prices have come down from their peak, some sought-after models remain more expensive than before the pandemic.

Find the Watch of Your Dreams in the Watch Chest’s Collection

Are you missing a remarkable timepiece that will complete your collection of beloved luxury watches? Choose the legacy you can trust - select a Rolex Datejust from Watch Chest. Our watches come with a guarantee of excellence that we are so proud to include in every part of the process - from remarkable watch collection to outstanding customer service.

When you choose Watch Chest, you receive a 2-year warranty for your new watch and free overnight shipping within the U.S. We also provide a personalized watch search service to help you find your dream timepiece and ship it to you safely and in a timely manner.

Sell, Trade, and Service Rolex Datejust

We specialize in the sale and trade of pre-owned Rolex Datejust watches, offering a smooth process to transition your timepiece to a new collector. Simply submit your watch for evaluation and within one business day, our team will present a competitive offer.

Does your treasured Rolex Datejust require restoration? Look no further than our comprehensive repair service. Led by the esteemed Glenn Rutledge, a certified watchmaker with unparalleled experience, we’ll breathe new life into your iconic timepiece. Entrust your Rolex Datejust to our expert hands and let it continue to tell your story for generations to come.

Buy Pre-Owned Rolex Datejust

Invest not just in a timepiece but in a timeless legacy. Explore our pre-owned Rolex Datejust collection at Watch Chest and find the perfect piece to become a cherished companion on your journey through time.

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