Rolex has historically been tied to the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, Wimbledon. The brand has been the official timekeeper of this Grand Slam event with top stars Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber and the legend Björn Borg serving as brand ambassadors.
The Wimbledon dialed Datejust 41 features a distinct dial with dark green Roman numerals and a rhodium dial. It’s a majestic look that stands out and in a manner that exudes class. The esthetic evokes the austere beauty of the game of grass court tennis with knocking anyone over the head with the connection.
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In a sea of Datejusts, the Wimbledon dial variant is sure to spark conversations. It’s a striking dial, and it can be had in a two-tone version. Yellow gold accents will always have a place with Rolex, but to me the white gold accented version helps tone down the green accents on the dial.
The version of this dial debuted in 2009 with the Datejust II, which transitioned into the current Datejust 41 model. Critics bemoan its lack of lume, with just luminous material applied on the nine o'clock marker, hour and minute hands. It may be an odd reference point for time telling in the dark, but an attraction to a particular watch quite often is not rooted in practicality, it’s more about how a watch makes us feel when we glance at our wrist. After all, mechanical watches don’t make any sense as far as practicality goes, so we’ll embrace the Wimbledon dial for its unique look on the wrist.
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Wimbledon dial Datejust models aren’t too difficult to purchase. Here’s one on the pre-owned marketplace for just shy of $9,000. This unboxing video from Millenary Watches accurately shows how the dark rhodium dial can look very different under various lighting conditions. Rolex does rhodium very well as it’s not exactly silver or grey, but rather a very appealing blend of shades to showcase its high-end nature.
Like most Datejust models, we think the Wimbledon is equally appealing in any configuration. The central theme of dark green Roman numerals set against a dark dial lend versatility. Jubilee or Oyster bracelet, two-tone or white gold, fluted or smooth bezel, the unmistakable Wimbledon dial sets you apart with class. The look doesn’t overtly call attention to itself, but style hounds will take notice.
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Under Rafael Nadal wearing his Richard Mille while playing to win the French Open, Rolex ambassadors usually strap on their timepieces for post-match photo ops. But you can certainly wear your Wimbledon dial Datejust 41 while playing at your local courts even for your own pleasure in knowing your watch as a special connection to the oldest tennis tournament in the world.