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The Success Of The Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

September 22, 2016

BY Paul Altieri


While Rolex produces many iconic models, one of the most recognizable among them is the two-tone Rolex Datejust. Two-tone of course, in Rolex world, refers to the use of both gold and steel on one watch. And in Rolex-speak, this is officially known as Rolesor. Since the combination of steel and gold is a hallmark of Rolex watches and the flagship model of the brand is the Datejust, bringing these two signatures to produce the two-tone Datejust will inevitably lead to a super successful model.

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

One of the most recognized watches is the two-tone Rolex Datejust.

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Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

Two-tone Datejust watches have been a part of the company’s catalog since the early 1930s and the name “Rolesor” was trademarked in 1933. The mix of precious gold and robust stainless steel brings the wearer the best of both worlds. Although the most classic choice for Rolesor is yellow gold and steel, it’s also available with Everose and white gold. A common two-tone configuration is where the predominately steel Rolex features a gold bezel, bracelet links, and crown. However, there are some two-tone Rolexes where gold is on the bezel and nowhere else.

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

Rolex Everose two-tone Turn-O-Graph Datejust

Two-Tone Datejust

There are two-tone versions of every Datejust model, whether the traditional 36mm Datejust, the Datejust II, the Turn-O-Graph Thunderbird Datejust, the Lady Datejust, and the new Datejust 41. The key to the success of the Datejust model is its versatility, and the two-tone Datejust watches are no exception.

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

The Rolesor Rolex Datejust II in all white is a perfect watch for any party.

In some cases the Datejust II will be very large in case size.The Rolex Datejust is often available with a choice between the dressier Jubilee bracelet or the sportier Oyster bracelet. The bracelet of a two-tone Datejust is normally where the contrast between the gold and steel is most highlighted. The gold center links flanked by the steel outer links gives the watch its famous Rolesor look. The contrast is of course much more noticeable when yellow gold and steel combine, in comparison to the more understated choice of white gold and steel.

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

The bracelet of a two-tone Datejust is where a lot of the attention goes.

While on some Rolesor models the bracelet does not necessarily sport any gold, the bezel is always in gold on two-tone Datejust watches. The gold bezels are available in either white, yellow or Everose pink gold. Furthermore, bezels can be of the classic fluted variety or the sleeker domed version. This particular Rolesor Datejust II pictured here is almost entirely crafted in stainless steel, except for the addition of the 18k white gold fluted bezel.

Rolesor Lady-Datejust

The most popular two-tone Datejust is the Lady-Datejust version, rumored to consistently outsell every other Rolex collection. This isn’t surprising, as the two-tone Lady-Datejust offers women a wonderfully versatile luxury watch. A two-tone steel and gold construction means that it’s easier to match both silver and gold jewelry, in addition to hardware on handbags, belts, and shoes. Although the popularity of ladies wearing a men’s Rolex sports watch is on the rise, there will always be a place for the two-tone Lady-Datejust for chic women everywhere.

Two-Tone Rolex Datejust

The ladies Datejust is also a popular watch for those who want a smalled sized watch.

In short, the two-tone Rolex Datejust is the quintessential luxury dress watch. Around for well over 65 years with no sign of slowing down, it’s an essential timepiece for any wrist.

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