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Rolex Datejust Interesting Facts

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Rolex Datejust Facts

Ever wonder about the interesting facts surrounding your favorite Rolex? Well, stick with us. First up, let’s take a look at the iconic Datejust. Our Rolex Datejust facts take us back decades. No doubt, the Datejust is arguably THE iconic Rolex dress watch – and probably number two on the Rolex roster behind the Submariner.

The Rolex Datejust comes in four flavors, not counting the Lady and Oysterquartz versions. But we’ll cover those in future posts. The four we’ll discuss here are the Datejust, the Datejust Midsize, the Datejust Turn-O-Graph, and the recently introduced Datejust II.

Bubble Back By Lottery

In 1945, they introduced the 36mm Datejust as the Jubilee Datejust to celebrate Rolex’s 40th anniversary. That first version, a ref. 4467, was a bubble back and was only available in 18K gold. Our Rolex Datejust facts reveal that when that watch was first introduced, Rolex took out an ad in the Tribune de Geneve, announcing the watch. But the first 100 pieces were not available from Rolex retailers. Apparently, the only way people could get one was by participating in a lottery, which they entered by mailing in a coupon from the newspaper ad.

From Cyclops To Two Tone

In 1954, the facts lead us to when Rolex introduced the cyclops over the date window. Then, in 1957, they introduced the stainless steel version of the Datejust. Consequently, it began outselling the gold version. As a result, It was 1962 when Rolex introduced a stainless and gold version.

A Presidential Fact

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On December 19, 1950, it was a solid gold Datejust, ref. 6305, not a Day Date, that was given to future President Dwight D. Eisenhower. This was to commemorate the victory of WWII. In fact, it was the 150,000th certified chronometer that Rolex produced. Now, you may have seen photos of Ike wearing his Datejust and noticed it has a cyclops crystal – even though he received his watch in 1950 before the cyclops was introduced. That’s because Rolex retrofitted his watch with the newer crystal during a routine maintenance.

Now, A Few Facts About Each Of The Other Models…Rolex Datejust II

DATEJUST-II

In 2009, Rolex introduced the Datejust II. The fact is, this is a larger 41mm version of the Datejust as a nod to the general trend in larger watches.

Datejust Midsize

The Datejust Midsize is the 31mm version of the Datejust.  As of 2014, it’s also known as the Datejust Lady 31. In that guise it features Roman numerals or jewels for hour markers on the dial, and is available in a wide variety of metals, bezels, and dials.

The Datejust Turn-O-Graph

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The Datejust Turn-O-Graph was also called the Thunderbird. It was originally favored by pilots in the 1950s due to its rotating bezel with minute indication. The Thunderbird was introduced in 1955 and discontinued in the late 1970s, due to lagging sales. A modern version was introduced in the early 2000s, but was shortly discontinued, again due to lack of consumer interest.

That’s the skinny on the history about Rolex Datejust. Keep your eye here on the BeckerTime blog for future posts on the Day-Date, the Submariner, the Explorer, the Milgauss, the GMT, and other watches Rolex has produced over the last several decades.

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