Each year, Rolex raises the luxury watch bar a bit more with its newest creations. One such example is the Lady-Datejust 31, developed to cater to women looking for an amazingly beautiful and versatile design. Many gorgeous iterations of the modern mid-size Rolex Lady-Datejust have followed in its footsteps since then, each more deserving of a spot in your watch box than the last. Let’s take a closer look at the model, and a few of Rolex’s newest 31mm offers to compare.
Ladies Datejust: An Ideal Watch
The Datejust was initially only available in 36mm when Rolex released it in 1945. Since then, the collection has grown to include various women’s sizes, a few mid-size options, and the newer 41mm editions – the Datejust II (discontinued) and Datejust 41. The 31mm Lady-Datejust holds a special place in the Rolex catalog for women who desire a little more from their dress watch without fully committing to a men’s model, and it isn’t event technically a women’s watch either, but rather officially classified as a mid-size model.
The Rolex Lady-Datejust has come a long way since its debut in the 1950s. Now, it is possible to choose from a wide variety of colors, materials, and designs. Rolex understands that luxury watch enthusiasts are seeking unique timepieces instead of owning a watch that numerous others have in their watch collection.
For instance, one of the more exclusive styles first introduced in 2012 features an 18 ct. gold bracelet with 48 diamonds on the bezel, 8 diamonds on the dial, and 17 rubies embedded at 6 and 9 o’clock; another favorite includes a diamond-less bezel and dial, with rubies at 6 o’clock. Beyond these two designs, there are several other dials and bracelets to choose from.
Perfection In The Details
When considering Rolex’s use of gold on the Oyster Perpetual 31mm Lady Datejust, one can always be certain they are gaining top-quality 18ct gold that is always cast within the Rolex factory. This is quite unique, as many other luxury brands rely on outside foundries for assistance. It always helps that precious metals are at an all-time high.
The watch’s Oyster case is a masterpiece, with its 18ct gold waterproof design. Its crown utilizes Rolex’s proprietary Twinlock waterproof system, while the sapphire crystal protecting the dial is scratch-resistant. Such features make the watch amazingly beautiful and durable. At 31mm in diameter, the mid-size Lady-Datejust is fashion-forward without weighing down the wrist – perfect for any stylish fashionista with a multi-faceted lifestyle.
Lastly, The 31mm Lady Datejust sports the caliber 2235 movement, an in-house movement developed by Rolex to include a jump date mechanism, automatic winding technology, and a convenient 48-hour power reserve.
Datejust 31: The Next Generation
More recently, in 2019, Rolex released two more irresistible steel and gold variations of the Datejust 31, one in Yellow Rolesor with a sunray green dial and the other in Everose Rolesor with a matching pink dial. Both are outfitted with fluted bezels that glitter from every angle, and the current-generation caliber 2236 with a longer 55-hour power reserve.
Fast forward to today, and the Datejust 31 collection is available in all the usual design set options, including nearly every metal finish available to the Rolex catalog: Oystersteel, White Rolesor, Yellow Rolesor, Everose Rolesor, and full yellow, white, or rose gold. From there, you have your choice of smooth, fluted, or diamond-encrusted bezels, a bounty of stylish dial colors, and either a Jubilee, Oyster, or ultra-luxurious President bracelet.
Rolex Datejust 31 Movement
At the heart of each Datejust 31 produced today is the same caliber 2236 Perpetual movement. Additionally, the Oyster case is still furnished with the durable scratch-resistant sapphire crystal and patented Twinlock waterproof screw-crown. Whether you choose an older model or a current-production Rolex, it isn’t hard to find the perfect Datejust 31 for your wrist.
Looking to sell a Rolex that you have been wearing for years in order to make way for an all-new 31mm Lady Datejust of your own? With precious metals prices at all-time highs, pre-owned Rolex brokers are paying top dollar for most models. The secret to gaining top dollar for your watch is to be able to prove its authenticity by providing the original box and papers if possible. Additionally, it is recommended that you don’t buff out your watch or replace any of the original parts including the crystal, dial, or bracelet.