Rolex Datejust 41 – What is the Most Popular Model?

The Rolex Datejust has been one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable watches since its release back in 1945. Its simple but elegant aesthetic beautifully pairs form and functionality, giving wearers a timeless look alongside handy features like 100 meters of water resistance and an automatically-changing date mechanism. Although the Datejust has always been […] The post Rolex Datejust 41 – What is the Most Popular Model? appeared first on Bob's Watches.

Rolex Datejust 41 – What is the Most Popular Model?

The Rolex Datejust has been one of the world’s most iconic and recognizable watches since its release back in 1945. Its simple but elegant aesthetic beautifully pairs form and functionality, giving wearers a timeless look alongside handy features like 100 meters of water resistance and an automatically-changing date mechanism.

Although the Datejust has always been a fan-favorite and remains Rolex’s best-selling watch of all time, as the years went on, its classic 36mm sizing wasn’t fitting everyone’s needs or preferences. As the market continued to embrace oversized watches, introducing a larger Rolex Datejust became a natural next step.

Datejust Fast Facts:

– First introduced in 1945.

– Rolex’s best-selling watch of all time.

– Released to celebrate Rolex’s 40th anniversary.

– First self-winding chronometer wristwatch to indicate the date through a window on the dial.

– Available in a wide variety of different sizes (26mm – 41mm).

– Rolex’s most diverse collection of watches.

– Worn by countless world leaders and celebrities.

Click here for our Ultimate Buying Guide on the Rolex Datejust.

A Larger Rolex Datejust

In 2009, Rolex released a 41mm version of the Datejust known as the Datejust II, and while this satisfied the public’s demand for a larger model, the increase in size also changed the watch’s overall proportions. In 2016, Rolex discontinued the Datejust II and replaced it with a different 41mm model (known as the Datejust 41), which kept the larger case diameter but restored the classic proportions of the collection for a more refined look and feel.

Datejust 41

Since then, the Rolex Datejust 41 has seen incredible success. It is a beautiful, slightly larger version of the original timepiece that retains all of the hallmark traits of the classic Datejust while still being a thoroughly modern luxury watch. While it is obviously bigger than the classic 36mm model, the size isn’t overbearing, making it a great choice for both men and women who want something larger and with more wrist-presence.

Today there is a range of different Rolex Datejust 41 models, ranging from two-tone stainless steel and Everose gold references to your classic full stainless steel models. There’s even a version with a mother of pearl dial and diamond hour markers that’s a totally striking and luxurious take on this modern classic. However, there is one particular version of the larger Rolex Datejust that has experienced a significant degree of popularity among collectors, and that’s the White Rolesor Datejust 41 in Oystersteel and white gold.

Rolex Datejust 41 Most Popular Model 126334 Diamond Dial Oyster Bracelet

Rolex Datejust 41 – Oystersteel and White Gold Fluted Bezel

The stainless steel and white gold Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126334 is the perfect example of a modern classic, featuring all of the wonderful features you know and love about the Datejust collection with just the right amount of contemporary infusion to make this model seem fresh and new.

What gives this watch its contemporary look and feel – and what inevitably attracts so many people to it – is the White Rolesor construction. “Rolesor” is a term coined by Rolex that refers to the combination of high-grade stainless steel and 18k gold on a single watch. In this case, Oystersteel (the brand’s special 904L stainless steel) and 18k white gold are used, giving the watch a monochromatic appearance that is effortlessly cool and entirely contemporary.

White Rolesor Rolex Datejust 41mm Most Popular 126334 Jubilee Bracelet Stainless steel

While the case and bracelet are constructed from steel, the iconic fluted bezel is crafted from solid 18k white gold, which only further draws attention to this already eye-catching feature. The Rolex Datejust 126334 is also available with the option of the brand’s five-link Jubilee bracelet (originally designed specifically for the launch of the Datejust collection in 1945), which provides it a very elegant and refined look, despite being forged out of durable stainless steel. It’s this combination of form and functionality that defines the Datejust, the white gold adding just enough luxury while the stainless steel makes it the perfect companion for everyday wear.

Finally, there’s the dial. Offered with the option of white, black, silver, blue or rhodium gray, the classicly-styled dial finishes off this modern-day Datejust 41, and all dial colors work equally well with its monochromatic White Rolesor construction. Regardless of dial color, all ref. 126334 Datejust watches are subtle enough to wear on the weekends while being dressy enough for that important pitch meeting or special dinner date.

Like other modern Rolex watches, both the hands and hour markers on the Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126334 are constructed from solid 18k white gold, which not only shines brightly and matches the fluted bezel but also completely resists tarnish and oxidation. Additionally, hour marker options include lume-filled stick indexes, Roman Numerals, or diamonds, all of which perfectly compliment the Datejust collection’s signature date window at three o’clock that sits under the brand’s trademark Cyclops magnification lens.

White Gold Rolex Datejust 41mm Most Popular 126334 Silver Dial Jubilee Bracelet Oystersteel

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The 2021 edition of Watches & Wonders is now but a memory in the minds of watch enthusiasts and journalists from all over the globe who gathered virtually in front of their computers to catch a glimpse of new releases. In years prior, the event (formerly known as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – […] The post Sparkle On! Four Fabulous Gem Set Timepieces Introduced at Watches & Wonders appeared first on Bob's Watches.

Sparkle On! Four Fabulous Gem Set Timepieces Introduced at Watches & Wonders

The 2021 edition of Watches & Wonders is now but a memory in the minds of watch enthusiasts and journalists from all over the globe who gathered virtually in front of their computers to catch a glimpse of new releases. In years prior, the event (formerly known as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie – or, SIHH) spoiled watch journalists by supplying us with never-ending glasses of Champagne, decadent Swiss chocolates, first-class meals, and five-star accommodations. The closest I got to any of those things during the 2021 virtual event was a can of warm Perrier (with lime!) to wash down the KitKat bar I ate at 4:15 a.m. during the Hermès brand announcement. Upside to Swiss-held virtual events: trading three-piece suits for three-day-old sweats. Downside: those sweats and the person wearing them have to get themselves up well before the sun, because, you know… “Swiss Time” and all.

But when all was said and done, the week-long event succeeded in what it set out to do, and with very few hiccups (a whole lot fewer hiccups than when a bunch of tipsy watch journalists hit the Hotel President Wilson bar at 11:00 p.m.… you can believe that!) In fact, with double the number of brands that would normally be introducing their new novelties at this event, Watches & Wonders provided a bit of something for everyone this year. Do you like knowing your watch case was made using fair-mined gold? Chopard’s got your back. Want a watch with a green dial? You have no idea how much luck you’re in, kiddo! And for those of you who have a soft spot for gem-set timepieces (often referred to as “jewelery watches”), the big names came out swinging, offering elaborately decorated watches specifically made for those women watch enthusiasts who are as interested in colorful gems and diamonds as they are high horology.

Below are four fantastically crafted timepieces introduced at the 2021 edition of Watches and Wonders by four of the most highly respected watch brands in the world.

The Egérie Self-Winding in Pink Gold by Vacheron Constantin

The French word, “egérie” in English translates to, “muse” and for those of you who’ve never tried to woo a lover, write a poem, or delve into literature by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, you may not be familiar with what exactly a muse is. (If this is the case, I’m sad for you, and hope you’ll open your cold black heart to the world of desire and passion one day.)

“Muse,” as defined by the Oxford dictionary, is “a person or personified force who is the source of inspiration for a creative artist.” And if anyone knows anything about the design team over at VC, they know that its filled with creative artists.

The new Egérie Self-Winding in Pink Gold has an 18K pink gold case measuring 35mm in diameter and has an 18K white gold dial pave set with natural white round brilliant cut diamonds. The self-winding timepiece has a 40-hour power reserve, is accompanied by a dark brown alligator or warm gray satin strap, and its indications consist of hours, minutes, a calendar aperture, second in center, as well as stop-seconds device.

The Allegra Cocktail watch in White Gold by Bulgari

White Gold by Bulgari

If there was anything the pandemic did right, it was introducing the watch world to more colorful timepieces, and in the case of the Allegra Cocktail watch by Bulgari, those colors had less to do with the dials (like many other timepiece releases) and more to do with the cases, themselves.

Creative Director of Bulgari’s jewelry division, Lucia Silvestri, aided in selecting the multi-colored and varying sizes of faceted and cabochon gemstones used in making the case for the Allegra Cocktail. The pieces were standouts at this year’s Watches & Wonders, largely due to their unique design.

The Reverso One Precious Flowers by Jaeger-LeCoultre

Jaeger-LeCoultre

If you haven’t been living under a rock for the last three weeks, you likely know that Jaeger-LeCoultre hit it out of the park at Watches & Wonders this year, largely because of the introduction of the unbelievable Hybris Mechanica Calibre 185. (If you don’t know, you betta ask somebody.) BUTA, that wasn’t the only impressive novelty released by the brand. In fact, it wasn’t even the only impressive Reverso.

The Reverso One “Precious Flowers” is a spectacularly designed jewelry watch inspired by the “Roaring 20s” (only without Gatsby or Daisy, but we hopeless romantics can always dream). Pictured here is the fully diamond set version featuring purple arums (on pink gold) symbolizing charm and passion, according to the brand.

The Libre Baignoire (Turtle) by Cartier

Allegra Cocktail watch

C’mon, has Cartier ever not impressed us in some way, shape, or form, year after year? Let me help you answer that question: It’s, “nope.” And this year was no exception.

Only Cartier could come up with a nickname like, “turtle” and have it still be accepted as a high jewelry watch in the industry.

This year’s edition was a fantastically artistic timepiece that used geometric shapes, randomly “snow-set” round brilliant cut diamonds, anthracite and black lines, and sapphires inside the dial and on the corners of three of the watch’s front-facing hexagons.

They never let us down, and with their initiative to be more environmentally friendly, I doubt they will in the near future.

 

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