The Rolex Datejust 36 – In Champagne Gold and Diamonds12:24 pm
Amidst all the famous Daytonas, Day-dates, lies a classic watch from Rolex that you’ll rarely get to hear about and perhaps one of the more understated members of the Rolex family – the Datejust. A collection that has the right combination of real history, versatile style, and quality watchmaking that should get every casual watch-wearer to the die-hard connoisseur excited about. Here is the new Rolex Datejust 36 in Champagne Gold and Diamonds.
But before we go in depth about the latest offing from Rolex, let’s wind the clock back to history and discover why the Datejust is just as legendary as any other collection from Rolex:
Spirit of the Datejust 36:
The Datejust is one of the earliest models from Rolex that survives even today. Introduced for the first time in 1945, the timepiece was first unveiled at a jubilee celebration (from where the name of the bracelet comes from) of the brand, held at the Hotel des Bergues in Geneva by Hans Wilsdorf himself, the founder of Rolex.
A simple automatic wristwatch with an automatically changing date window is a feature probably taken for granted today, but back in the 40’s it was a big deal! Even more so because it was the first ever for the world. The first Datejust was also housed in an Oyster case, also the very first waterproof wristwatch case to be produced.
And like we just mentioned, it had the new Jubilee bracelet. Jubilee, in fact was first considered as the name of the watch! But it ended up being the name of the iconic bracelet that we also have with us today. The cyclops eye on the date display wasn’t there on the first Datejust, but was added several years later. It has now become synonymous with most Rolex iconic watches, though it was intended only for the Datejust initially.
“Highly versatile and perfect in any situation, the Rolex Datejust 36 is a timeless archetype of style, precision and reliability. The Rolex Way.”
The Classic Watch is Reborn:
This brings us to the new 36mm Datejust of today (ref. 116233). This is the modern and should we say royale descendent of the classic Datejust shown above. There are of course, dozens of possible combinations of metals, bracelets, dials, etc. of the collection available, but we’re going to tell you more about the watch that we think best combines the classic, historical traits of the iconic watch which now has more luxurious details.
The watch bridges the gap between history and modernism, carrying over many of the things we love about vintage Rolex while offering the niceties of a modern Rolex at the same time. Nearly identical to the first one in terms of design, the dial though is now Champaign gold and the indexes are studded with diamonds. Though despite the rare additions, it has successfully managed to capture the very spirit of the classic Datejusts.
The Jubilee Bracelet:
Named in honour of the company’s 40th anniversary, the Jubilee, a supple and comfortable five-piece link metal bracelet, was designed and made especially for Datejust. It existed only in gold for many years, and was considered the strap for the premier “dress watch” of Rolex.
The Jubilee makes a return with this timepiece in steel and yellow gold and is fitted with a concealed and iconic Crownclasp.
The Trusted Calibre:
Inside the beautiful watch runs the Rolex calibre 3135 movement, which has been the core Rolex movement since 1988. The 3135 has been their workhorse movement ever since it was first introduced, of course things haven’t remained the same for all these years and the calibre received numerous subtle improvements to better its performance and reliability for the modern times. The movement is a COSC-certified chronometer with 31 jewels and almost 50 hours of power reserve. Old but known to do its job well.
Datejust, though not popular among the average Rolex enthusiast, is a reminder of why Rolex wears the crown even after so many years. And as far as this watch is concerned, it’s a solid, at the same time, precious timepiece with an illustrious history that will serve you well for generations.
Features Writer, The Watch Guide
Rahul is a watch and sports lover currently living in New Delhi. Having worked as a journalist and a copywriter previously, he is now thrilled to be a part of a team that loves, lives and breathes wristwatches. After joining Ethos and The Watch Guide team, his interest for the world of horology grew and is now completely and hopelessly hooked on watches.