Introduced in 1945 to celebrate 40 impressive years as Rolex, the Rolex Datejust has blossomed into easily one of the most recognizable watches of the brand, if one of the most recognizable watches of all time. It was the first waterproof chronometer that featured a date window at the 3 o’clock position, hence the name, Datejust.
It has morphed into many different models, evolving into the almost as-popular Day Date. But, enough about the story, this is simply about what this watch, means to me.
My Rolex Datejust is the first and only personal Rolex in my collection. Not only that, it is my everyday piece, even though some consider it to be solely a dress watch, I love and appreciate its simplicity while also being able to maintain sophistication and elegance. Being someone with smaller wrists, the vintage case size and feel is perfect, and paired with a leather band, it is also very comfortable.
So why a Datejust?
As a young (21) enthusiast, I had always admired the simplicity of the classic look. It was and is so timeless. That wasn’t meant to be a pun either, I’m just referring to the design. The reason why I chose a Datejust was, by chance. One day, it became available and after an agreement, it became mine. You may be saying to yourself, “Well, that’s not that special, it’s ‘just’ a Datejust. Maybe the pie pan dial or the colour change is a little cool”. It’s more than that.
First, it represents hard work and the start of hopefully a larger collection. Corny I know, but I set my sights on a goal, and achieved it, and that makes it more fulfilling every time I look at my wrist.
More importantly, the year. 1968. My fathers’ birth year. Being able to get one from his birth year makes it more special than any watch I could imagine. To me, he is the epitome of hard work and having something like this that represents him, continuously motivates me to work harder towards my next goal.
Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Caliber 1570
Case Size: 36mm
Lug Width: 20mm