The Rolex Datejust II
In 2009 Rolex introduced the Datejust II. Created on the basis of the archetypal classic watch, the Datejust I, the new model has a bold yet refined 41mm case.
The Datejust II is a response to the modern demand for larger watches. The impeccable Datejust I had been the staple of the Rolex collection since 1945 but at 36mm in diameter had become slightly smaller than the average modern watch, although still as popular as ever.
The Datejust I was the first self-winding waterproof chronometer to include a date window upon its release. Originally the date would begin to change hours before midnight, but in 1955 the date-change mechanism was adapted to operate instantaneously.
In addition Rolex began to use the Cyclops eye. This highly distinguishable feature magnified the date display by 2.5 times.
The Datejust II currently does not come with the option of a Jubilee Bracelet that was created for and is still exclusive to the original.
The dial is more defined with large hour battons and a minute hand that is slim enough not to completely cover the date display in the minutes that it passes through the Cyclops eye.
The model featured in the pictures taken by our photographer Hannah is made of steel & white gold, with the fluted bezel a sign of the inclusion of such a precious metal.
The Datejust II also comes in steel, with a further steel & yellow gold option.
Rolex Datejust II Specifications:
- Case – Oyster, 41mm Steel, Steel & White Gold or Steel & Yellow Gold. Sapphire Crystal
- Bezel – Fixed
- Movement – Calibre 3136, Manufacture Rolex
- COSC Certified
- Bracelet – Oyster, flat three-piece links
- Folding Oysterlock safety clasp with Easylink 5 mm comfort extension link
- Water Resistance – 100 metres
- Dial – Silver on Steel, White on Steel & White Gold, Ivory on Steel & Yellow Gold