Rolex Datejust 41 Buying Guide

The Datejust is Rolex’s best-selling model for good reason. Elegantly conceived in 1945, it has remained in production to this day, because of its timeless aesthetic and immense variations that cater to just about any taste.

Although it has always been a fan favorite, its classic 36mm size wasn’t always fit for everyone’s style preferences, especially with the growing trend of larger watch cases. In 2016, Rolex introduced the Rolex Datejust 41 – a larger version that restores the classic looks and proportions of the original Datejust.

In true Datejust fashion, the Rolex Datejust 41 has a broad array of designs – from different metal, bracelet, and bezel combinations to dial colors, textures and designs.


In the market for a Rolex Datejust 41? Here’s a simplified guide to the different options available to you.


Stainless Steel
Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel: Rhodium Grey, White and Blue Dials



Stainless steel Rolex Datejust 41 watches are classic everyday watches, which are ideal for any occasion. They come with smooth domed bezels and are available with black, white, blue, and rhodium grey dials. The slate and green dial is the only model with colored numerals, making it a standout in the collection.

Each design comes with a choice of a three-piece Oyster bracelet or a dressier Jubilee bracelet. Rolex makes use of Oystersteel, which offers greater resistance to corrosion than ordinary steel.

Datejust 41 watches in full stainless steel are the most affordable options in the collection, making them ideal for entry-level buyers or those seeking a more understated sense of sophistication.


Datejust 41 Blue
A bevy of Rolex Datejust 41 watches with Blue Dials.



Steel Yellow Gold
Rolex Datejust 41 Steel Yellow Gold: Wimbledon, Black and White Dials



Perhaps the most popular metal combination in the Rolex family, the Rolesor stainless steel and yellow gold gives the best of both worlds – the robustness of stainless steel and the shine of yellow gold.

Datejust 41 watches in steel and yellow gold offer more variation. You have a choice of either a smooth or fluted bezel, both of which come in 18k yellow gold. Dial colors come in white, black, champagne, mother of pearl, and the famed “Wimbledon” dial, which combines a slate grey dial with green Roman numerals.

The hour markers come with a choice of baton, Roman numerals, and diamonds, with the latter presenting the most luxurious option.



A duo of Rolex Datejust 41 in Steel and Everose Gold, with Jubilee bracelets.



Steel White Gold
Rolex Datejust 41 Steel White Gold: Blue, Black and Rhodium Grey Dials



Datejust 41 watches also come in a combination of stainless steel and 18k white gold. For these styles, the case and bracelet come in full stainless steel, while the fluted bezel comes in 18k white gold.

While 18k white gold looks almost identical to stainless steel, the bezel offers clues as to the metal used in your Rolex Datejust 41: a smooth bezel means it is full stainless steel, while a fluted bezel means the bezel is white gold.

Dials come in silver, white, blue, black, rhodium grey, and mother of pearl – all of which work well with its monochromatic scheme; while the hour markers come in a choice of baton, Roman numerals or diamonds.



Steel Everose Gold
Rolex Datejust 41 Steel Everose Gold: Sundust, Chocolate and Mother of Pearl Dials



Finally, the Datejust 41 also comes in a stainless steel and Everose gold combination. With the warmer tone of 18k rose gold, this offers a slightly less flashy aesthetic compared to yellow gold.

It also offers great variety. Both smooth and fluted bezels are available, as well as Oyster and Jubilee bracelets, along with lume-filled baton indices, Roman, and diamond hour markers.

Dial colors pair nicely with the warmth and luster of 18k Everose gold: there’s sundust, a pink metallic color, chocolate brown, as well as mother of pearl.



The Rolex Datejust 41 retains all the hallmark traits of the original Datejust, while being a thoroughly modern luxury watch. Explore the wide range of Rolex Datejust 41 models at





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