Although it is the Rolex sports models that now receive all of the attention, it was the two-tone (Rolesor) Datejust that was Rolex’s best selling watch for several decades. In more recent years, the majority of the attention – form collectors and first-time buyers alike – has shifted toward Rolex’s various lines of sports watches (in particular the Submariner), and the classic, two-tone Datejust is frequently associated with statements such as, “I think my father used to wear one of those.”
The Datejust II 41mm Blue Dial is a watch for those who like classic timepieces.
With that in mind, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the classic Datejust design. Its simple yet elegant style is both iconic and timeless, and it looks as good with a suit as it does with jeans and a t-shirt. However, since the Datejust is a true classic, Rolex decided to create a new generation of Datejust – the Datejust II, in order to implement some of the changes they wanted to make, but could not do so while still adhering to the classic Datejust design.
A Rolex Datejust II with a smooth bezel and a black dial.
At 41mm in diameter, the Datejust II is substantially larger than the original, 36mm Datejust. Much like the original, the Datejust II is available in a wide variety of metal options and dial configurations; however, possibly the greatest deviation from the original Datejust is the reference 116334.
The reference 116334 is a Rolesor Datejust, meaning that much like its classic predecessor, it is made from both stainless steel and 18-karat gold. However, the reference 116334 uses white gold for the bezel, hands, and hour markers, giving it the stylistic versatility of an all-stainless steel watch, while still retaining premium characteristics of quality and luxury.
At the heart of the reference 116334 beats Rolex’s calibre 3136 movement, which is a slightly larger and modified version of Rolex’ venerable calibre 3135 movement. One key addition to the calibre 3136 is the inclusion of Paraflex shock absorbers, which give the movement a greater level of impact resistance.
Rolex Stainless Steel and White Gold Datejust II 116334 with a fluted bezel make for a prefect choice.
The reference 116334 is very much the same basic design as the original Rolesor Datejust that dominated the men’s luxury watch market for several decades. However, the reference 116334 reflects all of the changes that would have occurred to the regular Datejust line had its design not been too iconic to substantially alter.
While some may feel that the classic 36mm, two-tone Datejust is a bit antiquated, others would argue that its design is truly timeless, and that it will never fall out of style. To please both parties, Rolex has released a new generation of Datejust – one that reflects all of the styling cues and requests of modern times. One that upholds extensive returns when the time comes to consider whether you want to sell your Rolex.
Rolex Stainless Steel and White Gold Datejust II 116334 is a contemporar watch.
For purists, the classic, yellow gold and stainless steel, 36mm Datejust is still available; however, for those who like the Datejust design but who also want a more contemporary watch, the reference 116334 is an excellent choice that encapsulates all of the Datejust’s iconic design traits in a larger and more modern watch.