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The Rolex Datejust 41 is Exactly the Rolex We Want

September 9, 2018

BY Paul Altieri


At Baselworld 2017, Rolex followed up Baselworld 2016’s debut of the Rolex Datejust 41 collection with two new models. While the first members of the Datejust 41 collection were yellow gold and steel, along with rose gold and steel, this year’s additions are two new white metal versions. And they’re pretty perfect.

The Rolex Datejust 41 collection replaces the previous Rolex Datejust II collection. Although both lines have the same 41mm size, the newer Datejust 41 watches sport a thinner profile, leaner lugs, and a slimmer bezel than its predecessor. It also houses a different movement, the Rolex Caliber 3235, which we’ll go into more detail further below.

Datejust 126334

A white gold and stainless steel combination for the everyday luxury watch. (Credit: CNN)

With that, let’s delve a little deeper into the new Datejust 41 watches in steel and in steel and white gold.

Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126334

First up, we have the stunning Datejust 41 in stainless steel and white gold—the ref. 126334. Referred to as white Rolesor — aka the combining of steel and gold on a Rolex model—the Datejust ref. 126334 is actually predominately stainless steel. The only 18k white gold component is the fluted bezel.

The stainless steel 41mm Oyster case sits nice and large on the wrist, yet its slim profile and tapered lugs make for a super comfortable fit. There are several dial options of the white Rolesor Datejust 41 including blue, black, rhodium, silver, and mother-of-pearl. Furthermore, there’s also a choice between luminous stick hour markers and diamond indexes. The new Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126334 also offers both the sporty Oyster bracelet or the dressier Jubilee bracelet. However, the most photogenic option and the one Rolex used for all its press pictures is definitely the blue dial, stick indexes, and Oyster bracelet model. Beautifully contemporary, yet classically Rolex.

Rolex Datejust 41 from Baselworld 2017.

The only 18k white gold component is the fluted bezel. (Credit: Monochrome)

A more affordable option than the first two Everose and yellow gold Rolesor options, the white Rolesor Datejust 41 starts at $9,350.

Rolex Datejust 41 ref. 126300

The other new Datejust model is the full stainless steel version, ref. 126300. Sporting the same 41mm Oyster case, the only bezel option is, of course, a domed one in steel. Dial choices only include black, white, and rhodium—all with stick indexes—for now, but Rolex will most likely expand upon that in the future. And wearers do have a choice between the Oyster and Jubilee bracelet too.

As the entry level Datejust, the full stainless steel option starts at $7,350 at retail.

Rolex Caliber 3235

The Rolex Datejust 41 collection runs on the Rolex Caliber 3235 — a movement that made its debut in the Pearlmaster in 2015. Boasting 14 patents, this is the brand’s newest generation of a time and date automatic mechanical movement. It includes a new escapement dubbed the Chronergy escapement for better efficiency. This essentially translates to better power reserve for the wearer. Therefore, the Datejust 41 has a power reserve of around 70 hours, thus the watch can be left unworn for just under three days before running out of juice.

Furthermore, as of 2015, Rolex redefined what it means to have the Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified label. Now, all Rolex watches are accurate to +2/-2 seconds a day, including the new Datejust 41.

The perfect daily luxury dress watch, the new Rolex Datejust 41 in steel or in steel and white gold is exactly the watch we want in our arsenal. Large enough to fit today’s watch trends, yet timeless enough to wear for generations, the Datejust 41 is an instant classic indeed. What do you think of the new Datejust in white metals? Is there one that you prefer?



3 Responses to “The Rolex Datejust 41 is Exactly the Rolex We Want”

  1. Tony O Flores says:

    I’m seriously weighing purchasing the 126233 / 116233 36mm model (Champaign / white or blue index dial with hidden bracelet clasp) watch for me. The 126 model is tempting with the 3235 movement, but that one major factor seems like the only real plus to me.
    To be sure, the purchase of a new Datejust from an authorized dealer is not an option for me. Thus, the “previously-owned” market is the only option…a risky premise with all the fakes populating a multitude of sites…which brings me to my core point of reckoning for possible purchase.
    The variety and pure volume of Rolex watches from your site and the competing Sams Watches is overwhelming. These are the two sites I’ve been monitoring. Suffice to say that your in-person inputs are appreciated. Sams’ appears to have no counterpart personalization for us prospective customers.
    I realize that comparing your site to another may be verboten, but I need a basis for comparison. I noted your warranty is 1 year (versus 2 yrs for Sam’s) and that you only service “vintage” models (versus their servicing capacity of non-vintage). I’m not interested in vintage.
    Overall, what advantages do I gain from Rolex products / servicing from Bob’s vs Sam’s?
    Would appreciate your comments in confidence.
    Tony O Flores
    Round Rock, TX

    • Paul Altieri says:

      We service any and all watches (both modern and vintage) that require it in order for them to be returned to their proper manufacturer specifications (hence why we are able to stand behind them fully with a warranty). It is not uncommon for a Rolex to need service when we buy it (especially if it has been more than a few years since it was last serviced), and so a fair percentage of the Rolex watches on our site (again, both modern and vintage) are freshly serviced and backed by our one-year warranty.
      With that in mind, because Rolex’s warranties are transferable, we do not service Rolex watches that are still within their manufacturer’s warranty – therefore, that may be the source of the confusion. A watch that is less than 5 years old is still covered by Rolex’s own factory warranty and it also does not need service. Consequently, we do not service watches that are this new, and any examples that are this new and require attention go back to Rolex for repairs as they are still covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

  2. JOEL PARKER says:

    Just picking one of these today. Was looking seriously at a GMT II Root Beer, but huge price and then on of these came along. Looks perfect.
    Thanks for the review!

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