The Rolex Datejust is one of Rolex’s most popular watches in the pre-owned market, especially when it comes to finding a great Rolex at an affordable price. On TrueFacet.com, the Datejust can be found as low as $2800.
But few may know the history of this great model that Rolex created. Rolex made the first Datejust in 1945, reference number 4467, which was only available in 18KT yellow gold.
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It’s one of the oldest Rolex collection models that is still produced today. In the 1950’s, Rolex came out with the stainless steel and two-tone model of the Datejust with references 5030 and 5031. Also, the jubilee bracelet came out and was designed for the Datejust.
A substantial update came in 2009 with the release of the Datejust II, where Rolex took the size up a notch to 41MM from the original 36MM. Customers could now purchase the 36MM Datejust or the 41MM Datejust II. Rolex decided later on to pull back on the Datejust II as people wanted a large face as this watch didn’t become popular. Eventually, Rolex launched a larger case version in 2016 with the name the Datejust 41. Today, the Datejust collection ranges in a wide variety of sizes for women and men, and comes in multiple metal types.
The Rolex Datejust has been seen in a variety of movies. Paul Newman was seen wearing a stainless steel 36MM Datejust in “The Color of Money” and Harrison Ford had on a Datejust 36MM in the movie “Frantic”.
The Datejust continues to be a popular Rolex and we’ll see how Rolex continues to iterate and reinvent itself.