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    About Rolex Datejust

    In 1945, on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of his fruitful company, luxury watches Rolex watches brand invented one of its most emblematic models in its history, including the history of watchmaking: the Rolex Datejust. Its most characteristic feature is the incorporation of a small window at three that indicates the day of the week. The reference of this first model was the 4467 and is a watch aesthetically very similar to the Rolex Oyster without a calendar of the same time, called “Ovettone” or “Big Bubble Back” for its convex or bulging back cover. This new reference was produced only in 18K yellow gold, and mounted an A295 caliber. Interestingly, the name of Datejust was chosen among other names such as Ritedate, Jubilee or Victory. Its definitive name, and without a doubt the most successful, first appeared in the spheres of the model from the fifties.


    In 1949 Rolex watches brand introduces two new Rolex Datejust models with special characteristics: unusual proportions (36 mm case, a width between the legs of 19 mm), a straight profile that joins the two legs and a smooth bevel. It is a particularly recognizable model. This model was produced in 18K yellow gold (ref. 5030) and in steel and gold (ref. 5031). The true successors of the Datejust 4467 were the Datejust with reference 6075 and 6074 that began to be produced from 1950. Both references were produced in 18K yellow gold and in steel and yellow gold. The only difference presented by these two references refers to the bevel. The 6075 mounts a fluted bezel while the 6074 wears a smooth bezel. It is precisely in these two references that the written Datejust first appears in its spheres. In 1951 two new references are introduced, which are distinguished only from the previous two by mounting an A296 caliber. These references are: 6105 which was produced in yellow gold and steel and gold and was characterized by its striated bezel and reference 6104, also produced in gold, steel and gold and mounted a smooth bezel. In 1953 two new Datejust models were born, they replaced all the old references.

    These two models were manufactured in both yellow gold and steel and gold. The new four-digit references were: 6305 (striated bezel) and 6304 (smooth bevel). As an important novelty that same year, Rolex began producing the successful stainless steel model. It is important to remember that during this first stage of Datejust’s life (mid-fifties) exceptional models of very rare production in white and platinum gold left the Rolex workshop. Also special models were made for left-handed people, who presented their crown on the opposite side (at nine o’clock). In 1954 Rolex presented an important innovation: the Cyclops crystal (cyclops), a crystal that featured a small attached magnifying glass whose objective was to facilitate the viewing of the date. In 1956 two new references replaced the previous two: the 6605 with a striated bezel and the 6604, with a smooth bevel. Both were manufactured in both yellow gold, steel and gold, and only steel. These two references mounted the new 1065 caliber that occupied less space, which allowed replacing the rear covers with a flatter one, thus losing its classic convex appearance. In 1959 a great change appears in the life of the Rolex Datejust: the 1565 caliber. Taking advantage of the launch of this new caliber, Rolex creates new references whose numbering is directly linked to the bevel finish.

    These references are:

    -1600 with smooth bevel,

    -1601 with striated bezel,

    -1602 with textured linen bezel,

    -1603 with striated bezel,

    -1607 with bark bezel or bark finish,

    -1611 with textured linen bezel

    This series of modifications leave behind several aesthetic elements of the past thus modernizing the general appearance of Datejust. The series with 16XX references are particularly long-lived since they were in production for eighteen years with virtually no change. In 1975 Rolex creates a new Datejust with a very particular shape, reference 1630. It draws attention for the angular shapes of its case and for its integrated jubilee bracelet. Its movement is automatic loading and assembles a 1575 caliber. This box morphology will debut two years later in the Oysterquartz model. In 1977 the entire range of Rolex Datejust models received the new 3035 caliber, with the new rapid date change. From that moment, Rolex watches brand changes all references of the Datejust, which will become five figures.

    These references are based on the materials and the different finishes of each of the models, and the main references available at that time were:

    -16000 steel and smooth bezel,

    -16003 steel and gold and smooth bezel,

    -16008 yellow gold and smooth bezel,

    -16009 white gold and smooth bezel,

    -16013 steel and gold and fluted bezel,

    -16014 steel and fluted bezel in white gold,

    -16018 yellow gold and fluted bezel,

    -16019 white gold and fluted bezel,

    -16030 steel and fluted bezel,

    -16078 yellow gold and bark bevel. The production of these models ends in 1988 with the arrival of the new sapphire crystal and Rolex watches also changes all the references of its Datejust.

    From 1989 the new models with sapphire crystal will mount the 3135 caliber and the main references are:

    -16200 steel and smooth bezel,

    -16203 steel and gold and smooth bezel,

    -16223 steel and gold and fluted bezel,

    -16234 steel and White gold fluted bezel,

    -16238 yellow gold and fluted bezel,

    -16220 steel and fluted bezel.

    The production of the aforementioned models will change in 2005, the year in which Rolex introduces its new models with six-figure references and currently in production. The best known references of these new Datejust models are:

    -116200 steel and smooth bezel,

    -116201 steel and rose gold with domed bezel,

    -116203 steel and gold with domed bezel,

    -116208 gold with domed bezel,

    -116231 steel and gold rose with striated bezel,

    -116233 steel and gold with striated bezel,

    -116234 steel with striated bezel in white gold,

    -116238 gold with striated bezel.

    In 2009 Rolex watches brand introduces the Datejust II updated with the new 3136 caliber and presenting a 41 mm case, larger than that of the classic Datejust. The most emblematic references are:

    -116300 steel with smooth bevel,

    -116333 steel and gold with striated bezel,

    -116334 steel with white gold striated bezel.

    The Datejust has been and is the archetypal classic clock inside and outside the Rolex universe. Its constant improvements over more than 70 years, its various references, spheres and types of bracelet have turned the mythical model into a versatile watch and perfect for everyday use.

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