All You Need to Know About the Oyster Perpetual Datejust
The Oyster Perpetual Datejust has been an iconic Rolex favorite since 1945. What was originally designed for men, shortly became a preferred watch for women when Rolex debuted a smaller version in 1957.
The Oyster Perpetual Datejust’s history began as a celebration of Rolex’s 40th anniversary and celebrating a monumental milestone. The Datejust instantly became a fan favorite as it included the two most well-known Rolex innovations: the Oyster case, and the perpetual winding. It also started showcasing the date window on the dial. Oyster is a play on words for Rolex’s milestone of creating the world’s first waterproof case for a wristwatch, intertwined with their perpetual movement which automatically winds the watch and gives it a power reserve.
Why Makes the Datejust Special ?
Rolex introduced the Jubilee bracelet with the Datejust. Unlike the three-piece Oyster bracelet, the Jubilee consists of five pieces which form a series of small X-shaped patterns. Rolex is known to be worn for everyday sport-like activities, however, the Jubilee bracelet was the turning point for Rolex watches to be worn for dressier occasions. Formal wear would now include a yellow gold Rolex Datejust, flaunting a fluted bezel to make it instantly recognizable.
The fluted style bezel was created in 1926, which has wave-like patterns around the dial. Instead of a smooth bezel, the fluted bezel is recognized as a watch made of gold. Stainless steel and white gold are similar in color; the rivets on the bezel make it easy to spot the difference. In white rolesor watches (watches with a mix of stainless steel and gold), the bezel will remain fluted to distinguish the gold attire.
Many have noticed and questioned why Rolex chose to use IIII for their fourth hour, rather than the more commonly known IV. There have been different speculations as to why they chose this; it could be that “IIII” is an earlier version of roman numerals, or more-so that this constructs a sophisticated symmetry to the dial. The uniformity of the dial would now have four hour markers including each “I”, “V”, and “X.” However, the 12th hour is typically the Rolex crown.
The Datejust has lavishly been reintroduced in different models over the years since it was first featured in 1945. The first Datejust was designed for men with a 36mm dial. It was not until 1957 that Rolex created a smaller dial to better suit their female clientele. The Lady-Datejust consisted of a 26mm dial which has since been discontinued and replaced by a 28mm in 2015.
Keeping up with the popular trend of larger dials, the Datejust 31 was introduced in the early 1970’s and creates a new generation every couple of decades. Most recently, in 2018, the Datejust 31 can be found on a presidential bracelet in shades of 18k white, yellow, and rose gold, flashing a diamond bezel. This new generation also includes diamond and mother of pearl dials, possibly to gain attention from women who also prefer to accessorize with a larger watch.
The Datejust II was created in 2009 for men who wanted a dressier watch with a larger dial. This was the largest dial being 41mm. Fast forward to 2016, the Datejust II was discontinued for the Datejust 41. They are both a 41mm dial, however, the difference lies within the case and their mechanical movements. The Datejust 41 was constructed with larger lugs, hence giving it a bulkier appearance. It also consists of the newest movement to better accommodate the larger case and cultivates a power reserve of approximately 70 hours.
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