Green is Rolex’s signature color. From time to time, we see new offerings from the brand featuring the vibrant hue somewhere on the dial or bezel, and, in 2022, the Rolex Datejust debuted a new, ultra-sophisticated sunburst mint green dial. It’s colorful but in a classy way – perfect for the iconic Datejust collection. There are several green dial Datejust design options in the new 2022 lineup, including 41mm or 36mm and Oystersteel or White Rolesor. Today, we’re going to showcase the reference 126300, the sporty and contemporary smooth bezel and Oystersteel edition of the brand-new green dial Datejust 41.
Learn everything you need to know about the green dial Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126300 in this buying guide, including its features, pricing, and where to buy it.
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Rolex Datejust 41 126300 Green Dial
The 2022 release isn’t a surprise because Rolex has been experimenting with colorful dials within their dress watch range for several years, many of which include green options. 2020 brought us a rainbow of Stella-inspired Oyster Perpetuals featuring coral red, Tiffany blue, candy pink, and even bright green dials. And just last year, Rolex added intriguing palm and fluted motif dials to the Datejust series in classy shades of champagne, silver, and, you guessed it, green. We’ve even seen a stunning olive dial Day-Date 40. The brand seems to be embracing current fashion trends, as we’ve seen with growing case sizes and more adventurous dial hues.
Rolex released the first 41mm Datejust in 2009, referring to it simply as the Datejust II. It satiated collectors’ desires for a larger Datejust watch but left room for improvement. In 2016, the Datejust 41 emerged in two-tone with a slightly more refined case shape and a thinner bezel. It also housed Rolex’s newer caliber 3235 Perpetual movement, replacing the caliber 3136 used in the Datejust II.
The reference 126300 came to market the following year. Compared to its two-tone predecessor, the ref. 126300 was positioned as a more affordable, slightly more versatile option in Rolex’s proprietary 904L-grade Oystersteel. Today, the Datejust 41 ref. 126300 is available with the 5-piece link Jubilee bracelet or the 3-piece link Oyster bracelet and with either a black, slate, bright blue, bright blue fluted, Azzurro blue, silver, white, mint green, or mint green fluted dial.
That brings us to 2022, when Rolex seemed to listen to the desires of their most loyal following and finally gave us the first Datejust 41 with a solid green dial that they officially labeled “mint green.” However, mint isn’t the first name that comes to mind when one sees the new green dial because it isn’t as vibrant as one would expect. Instead, it’s more of an earthy tone as elegant and classy as The Crown itself. The Datejust’s iconic automatically changing date mechanism is ever-present at the 3-hour marker, and Chromalight that emits a stunning blue glow filles the applied 18k gold hour markers.
Rolex Datejust 126300 Bracelet
Rolex produces the Datejust 41 ref. 126300 on both the Oyster and Jubilee bracelet, allowing you to choose which aesthetic suits your lifestyle best – sporty or dressy. The culmination of decades of expert Rolex watchmaking, both bracelets are silky and wear nicely on the wrist. They also feature Rolex’s patented Oysterclasp, complete with the famous Easylink extension system that allows the wearer to adjust the length of the bracelet by 5mm without using tools. If you live in a humid environment, you’ll find that small but mighty feature particularly convenient.
Datejust 41mm Waterproof Oyster Case
Rolex is credited with inventing the first waterproof wristwatch in 1926, which was outfitted with the famous Oyster case. Decades later, the Oyster case remains a fixture of the brand’s catalog, tasked with the monumental duty of protecting the intricate movement. The Datejust 41 ref. 126300 features the newest 41mm case with a screw-down case back, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, and Twinlock waterproof crown with a 100-meter depth rating.
Rolex Caliber 3235 Movement
Rolex introduced the Caliber 3235 in 2015, improving upon the design of the Caliber 3135 that had already been a staple of the brand’s catalog for decades. In doing so, they replaced nearly 90% of the parts used in Caliber 3135 and introduced the new Chronergy escapement, which is 15% more efficient. As a result, the Caliber 3235 also features a longer 70-hour power reserve, up from 48 hours. It also received an upgraded version of Rolex’s Blue Parachrom Hairspring and new Paraflex shock absorbers to offer greater resistance to shocks, magnetic fields, and temperature variations.
Rolex Datejust 41 Reference 126300 Price
The mint green dial Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126300 currently retails for $7,900 on the Oyster bracelet and $8,150 on the Jubilee bracelet. This watch is already widely sought-after, commanding as much as $15k on the secondary market. If you aren’t able to snag one from your local authorized retailer and don’t want to spend time on the waiting list, there are a handful of trustworthy resellers on the market, including Bob’s Watches.
Even if Rolex discontinues their newest green dial, which wouldn’t be all that surprising considering they shocked many collectors at Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022 when they discontinued several of their most popular “Stella dial” Oyster Perpetuals, the 2022 green dial Datejust watches will undoubtedly hold their value well and become even more collectible than they already are.