The Rolex Datejust is a very classic model in the Rolex lineup. Introduced in 1945, it was made to be an everyday watch with no particular purpose, unlike the dive watches or racing watches. The first Datejust was 36mm and was the first model to have a jubilee bracelet and a self winding chronometer. Now, the datejust is offered in multiple sizes including 26mm, 31mm, 36mm and 41mm. While the datejust 36mm is the most popular size that is offered, the Datejust 41mm has become increasingly popular over the past couple years.
The first Datejust with a 41mm case was introduced in 2009 at Baselworld as the Datejsut II. This model had a 41mm oyster case, broad lugs and a wider oyster bracelet. Increasing the size to 41mm gave men a larger dress watch to wear. While the sizing changed, it still had most of the classic Datejust style and features. One of the major changes was it was only offered with an oyster bracelet and not the classic jubilee bracelet. Rolex offered different versions of the Datejsut II including the steel model, steel with a gold bezel and the two tone model. The Datejust II was only produced until 2016, where it was replaced with the Datejust 41.
The Datejust 41 still has the same 41mm case size as the Datejust II, but it is slimmer and has smaller lugs. This gives the Datejust 41 a more classic look than the Datejust II. The Datejust 41 also brought back the major change of the Datejust II, offering it with a choice of the jubilee or oyster bracelet. This model also has a new Cal. 3235 with an increased power reserve of 70 hours. It is offered in steel, two- tone yellow gold and steel and the two-tone everose gold and steel.
Now the question is, which Datejust 41mm to go with? In the end, it comes down to personal preference and what suits you best. Some people like the slimmer look of the Datejust 41, while others like the more bulky and bold look of the Datejust II. Another thing to consider is if you prefer a jubilee bracelet or an oyster bracelet, or at least the choice of either. If you are leaning more toward a jubilee, the Datejust 41 is the answer. In my opinion, you can’t go wrong with either, but we would love to hear which model you would choose. Comment below which model you would prefer and why.