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Introduced in 2016, the Rolex Datejust 41 features a contemporary size while honoring the timeless design of the Datejust.
Elegantly designed yet focused on the essentials, the Rolex Datejust remains the archetype of classic watches. Since its introduction in 1945, it was only offered in the 36mm size (with smaller sizes for Lady Datejust models), until market preferences leaned towards bigger cases.
Rolex’s initial effort resulted in the Datejust II, whose broader lugs and thicker profile lent a sporty and more masculine look to the collection. Just seven years after, Rolex discontinued the Datejust II to make way for the Datejust 41, whose slim profile and tapered lugs echoed the elegance of the original Datejust.
Today, the Rolex Datejust 41 is the largest Datejust model on offer, with a wide variety of metals and designs, and a new generation movement, in a sleek, new look that still possesses the Datejust’s classic elements.
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Introduced in 1945, the Rolex Datejust is the brand’s best-selling model, and the reference for many casual-to-dress watches of today. Produced continuously since then, the main draw of the Rolex Datejust is the wide range of variations available, including different metal options, bezel styles, and dial designs.
For many decades, the Rolex Datejust was offered in a 36mm Oyster case, which is still being produced today. In the 2000s, preference for larger cases grew within the watch collecting community, and one of Rolex’s efforts to meet this trend was the Datejust II.
Launched in Baselworld 2009, the Datejust II sported a 41mm case, whose broader lugs and thicker profile gave it a masculine appeal and heftier wear. It was also only offered with an Oyster bracelet which emphasized the sporty look.
Just seven years after, in 2016, Rolex replaced the Datejust II with the Datejust 41. On paper, the two models are the same size, but the Datejust 41 has a scaled back aesthetic. It comes with a slimmer design that echoes the original Datejust, only larger. The Rolex Datejust 41 was first made available in Rolesor steel and yellow gold. Since 2018, Rolex has added new metal options – all Oystersteel, plus Rolesor models combining Oystersteel and 18k White or Everose gold.
Finally, the Datejust 41 was also equipped with a new generation movement – the Caliber 3235. Developed in-house by Rolex, it is certified chronometer by the COSC (Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute). It includes the patented Chronergy escapement, which offers accuracy of +2/-2 seconds a day, and power reserve of 70 hours, substantially longer than the 48-hour power reserve of previous movements.
Large enough to meet today’s tastes, yet timeless enough to wear for generations, it’s no wonder that the Rolex Datejust 41 has become a modern classic.
The Rolex Datejust 41 offers a large selection of metals combinations, and dials with different colors, finishes, and marker designs. Additionally, the collection comes with a choice between a smooth or fluted bezel, and the Oyster and Jubilee bracelet, guaranteeing that there is a Datejust 41 for just about any taste.
Here are the sub-collections under the Datejust 41 line:
Rolex Datejust 41 models in stainless steel feature smooth domed bezels, and black, white, blue, and rhodium grey dials.
Each design comes with a choice of the Oyster bracelet with three links, or the dressier five-link Jubilee bracelet. Rolex makes use of Oystersteel, their own 904L alloy, which offers greater resistance to corrosion than ordinary steel.
Oystersteel and 18k Yellow Gold
Reference numbers:126303, 126333
Rolex Datejust 41 watches in steel and yellow gold (also known as Rolesor) offer more combinations. They come with a choice of a smooth or fluted bezel in 18k yellow gold. Dial colors come in black, white, champagne, mother of pearl, and the now famous “Wimbledon” dial, which combines a slate grey sunburst finish with green-outlined Roman numerals, reminiscent of clocks in the Wimbledon court.
Hour markers are offered in baton, Roman numeral, and brilliant cut diamond designs, with the latter presenting the most luxurious option.
Oystersteel and 18k Everose Gold
Reference numbers:126301, 126331
The Rolex Datejust 41 is also offered in Everose Rolesor, or the combination of Everose gold, Rolex’s proprietary pink gold alloy, with stainless steel. With the warmer hue of Everose gold, these models give off a more understated look compared to yellow gold.
They come with smooth or fluted bezels in 18k Everose gold, as well as Oyster and Jubilee bracelets, along with lume-filled baton indices, Roman, and diamond hour markers.
Dial colors were chosen to complement Everose gold: there’s sundust, a pink metallic color, chocolate brown, and mother of pearl.
Oystersteel and 18k White Gold
Finally, the Rolex Datejust 41 also comes in White Rolesor - a combination of Oystersteel and 18k white gold. The case, crowns, and bracelet are made of stainless steel, while the fluted bezel is made of 18k white gold.
White gold shares similarities with stainless steel, but one look at the bezel gives it away – Rolex only produces their fluted bezels in gold. A smooth bezel means it is made of stainless steel.
Dials come in white, silver, black, blue, slate grey, and mother of pearl – all of which work well with its monochromatic scheme. Hour markers come in baton, Roman numerals or diamonds.
Rolex Datejust 41 models are available with these reference numbers:
|Oystersteel case, smooth steel bezel, steel bracelet
|Oystersteel case, fluted white gold bezel, steel bracelet
|Oystersteel and yellow gold case; smooth yellow gold bezel, Oystersteel and yellow gold bracelet
|Oystersteel and yellow gold case, fluted yellow gold bezel, Oystersteel and yellow gold bracelet
|Oystersteel and Everose gold case, smooth Everose gold bezel, Oystersteel and Everose gold bracelet
|Oystersteel and Everose gold case, fluted Everose gold bezel, Oystersteel and Everose gold bracelet
The Rolex Datejust 41 comes with The Crown’s latest upgrades, while honoring the classic style of the inaugural Datejust from the 1940's. Here are answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Rolex Datejust 41.
The Rolex Datejust 41 is the largest size available in the Datejust family. Introduced in 2016, it came after the Rolex Datejust II, which was the brand’s answer to the large men’s watch trend.
The Datejust 41 was redesigned with a slimmer profile, bearing the timeless proportions of the original Datejust, only with a larger case and a modern movement.
The Rolex Datejust 41 is water resistant to a depth of 100 meters (330 feet). This is due to the patented Twinlock double waterproofness system, where the watch’s winding crown screws down securely against the case, ensuring protection against dust and moisture.
This level of water resistance allows the wearer to use it for recreational surfing, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, and water sports – but not for diving.
Rolex recommends taking your watch for professional servicing every 10 years to maintain its accuracy and water resistance.
However, these factors are not permanent and are subject to wear and tear. There may be signs that your watch needs a service sooner rather than later. Read on for Signs It’s Time for Watch Maintenance.
Your watch needs to be wound if it is being worn for the first time, or if it has stopped.
First, unscrew the winding crown until it “pops out” and is free from the knobs that are holding it onto the case. Then, turn it several times away from you (clockwise). We recommend at least 25 turns for adequate winding.
Your watch will stay wound as long as you wear it regularly.
For a visual presentation, here’s How to Wind an Automatic Watch.