The Goldilocks Zone: The Midsize Datejust
If the Rolex ladies’ Datejust 26 is too small and the Rolex men’s Datejust 36 is too big, then the midsize Datejust may be just right. Featuring all the functionality and aesthetics of Rolex’s famous dress watch, let’s explore the midsize Datejust 31 collection.
The Design of the Midsize Datejust
The Midsize Datejust sports a 31mm Oyster case—exactly 5mm larger than the Lady-Datejust 26 and exactly 5mm smaller than the men’s Datejust 36. Subsequently, the Midsize Datejust 31 offers that ideal size right in the middle.
Of course, central to the Midsize Datejust is the famous date aperture on the dial at 3 o’clock, magnified by the equally famous Cyclops lens attached to the crystal protecting the face of the watch. Again, like all other Datejust watches, the midsize version runs on an in-house automatic movement boasting impressive durability, accuracy, and serviceability.
Just like other Datejust models, the Midsize Datejust is available in a wide array of materials from steel to gold to two-tone steel and gold. As a result, depending on the material, bezel choices include fluted, smooth, or diamond-set. Furthermore, the Midsize Datejust is offered with a choice of the sporty Oyster bracelet, the dressy Jubilee bracelet, or the precious solid gold President bracelet. Dial options are endless with a fantastic assortment of colors, patterns, and index styles.
The Evolution of the Midsize Datejust
The evolution of the Midsize Datejust is parallel to other Datejust models. For example, the four-digit ref. 68xx Midsize Datejust watches from the mid-1970s until the mid-1980s come with an acrylic crystal and a non-quickset date movement.
Rolex then upgraded the Midsize Datejust lineup with the five-digit ref. 68xxx models, which include the sapphire crystal and the quickset date feature. These particular Midsize Datejust editions were in production from the mid-1980s until the late 1990s.
In the late 1990s, Rolex then introduced the updated Midsize Datejust five-digit ref. 782xx versions powered by the then-new Rolex Caliber 2235. And finally, starting in the early 2000s, the current six-digit ref. 178xxx Midsize Datejust watches with updated bracelets and enhanced clasps joined the lineup.
While the current Midsize Datejust models still run on Cal. 2235 movements, in 2015, Rolex redefined their Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified certification. Rolex now ensures their watches now offer an impressive accuracy rate of -2/+2 seconds per day.
If your wrist needs a larger or smaller Rolex Datejust watch, give the Midsize Datejust a try. It may just offer you the perfect fit.