The Rolex Datejust may, in a sense, be the perfect watch. The archetypical watch. The watch you steel off the wrist of your grandfather without feeling all that badly about it.
Featuring an in-house Rolex movement with date that turns over exactly at midnight and the iconic Jubilee bracelet (or, in its more modern guise, occasionally an Oyster bracelet), the Datejust is simple, well proportioned, handsome and versatile — you can take the bracelet off and throw it on any number of aftermarket straps to dress it up or down, and it’ll still look killer.
Check out the three different examples of pre-owned Datejusts below, from vintage through modern, to get a taste of the aesthetic (and be sure to read our exhaustive guide to the model).
Datejust 1601 “Linen” Dial
What We Like:
Though the ref. 4467 is the first Datejust from 1945, it’s the 16XX series that has become perhaps the most well known reference. This example has a beautiful “linen” pie-pan dial with tritium markers and a white gold fluted bezel, a 36mm steel case, and a matching Jubilee bracelet. Dating from the late 1970s, it’s guaranteed to never go out of style.
From the Seller: This watch is in overall very good condition for its age. The linen dial is clean, has some blemishes around the edge. The case doesn’t seem to have been polished heavily, scratches from everyday wear can be seen.
Datejust 16234 “Rhodium Roman”
What We Like:
It’s easy to discern the lineage dating from the ’60s and ’70s Datejusts in the more modern 5-digit serials dating from the early 2000s. You still get the 36mm steel case with white gold bezel and matching Jubilee bracelet, but this model has a gorgeous rhodium dial with Roman numerals — a modern take on a classic look. What’s more, it comes with box and papers.
From the Seller: Excellent used condition with signs of wear, but unpolished with sharp lugs and factory finishes. Clear numbers. Factory rhodium Roman dial as indicated on papers. Original Rolex Jubilee Bracelet in tight condition.
Datejust 41 Ref. 126300
What We Like:
If you dig the DJ aesthetic but want a more modern-sized watch, then the Datejust 41 is the ticket. This 6-digit reference features not a Jubilee, but an Oyster bracelet, as well as a COSC-certified in-house cal. 3235 movement, a grey dial with white gold indices and Chromalight lume. With box and papers and dating to 2018, this is the DJ for the 21st century.
From the Seller: This timepiece is in overall excellent pre-owned condition with only a few small blemishes on the crystal. Date display is located at the 3 o’clock position. Comes with Rolex box, papers dated 03/12/2018, and manuals.