Reveling In the Understated Elegance of the Men’s White Gold Datejust
Although stainless steel is the more common white metal choice within the Datejust collection, perhaps unbeknownst to some, Rolex did, in fact, produce men’s white gold Datejust models too. And we’re not talking about a white fluted bezel on a steel Datejust; we’re talking about a men’s Datejust 36 in full 18k white gold. Read on to discover more about this rather overlooked precious metal Datejust.
The Men’s White Gold Datejust 36 Ref. 116139
While there’s the vintage ref. 1601 men’s white gold Datejust, today we’re focusing on the modern model—the Datejust 36 ref. 116139. This ultra-luxe men’s Datejust sports a 36mm Oyster case crafted entirely in 18k white gold, complete with the ubiquitous fluted bezel. There’s also a more precious version of the men’s white gold Datejust, which is the Datejust ref. 116189 with the diamond-set bezel.
In typical Datejust fashion, the dial options of the Datejust 36 ref. 116139 are varied, including plenty of different colors, patterns, materials, and index styles. Of course, the signature date window—for which the collection is named after—sits at the standard 3 o’clock spot, magnified by the Cyclops lens positioned above it on the sapphire crystal.
A distinctive feature of the white gold Datejust 36 ref. 116139 is its bracelet. Unlike the majority of Datejust watches, this particular version does not come with an Oyster or Jubilee bracelet, but rather, a graceful alligator leather strap with a matching 18k white gold deployant clasp. Available in a range of colors from blue to brown to black and others, the strap emphasizes the elegance of the men’s white gold Datejust.
Like all modern Datejust models, powering the Datejust ref. 116139 is also the famous COSC-certified Rolex Cal. 3135 automatic movement with approximately 50 hours of power reserve.
Pricing and Availability of the Men’s White Gold Datejust Ref. 116139
While a men’s white gold Datejust model is not currently offered by Rolex, the discontinued Datejust ref. 116139 is available in the secondary market. Depending on condition, style and dial configuration, a pre-owned Datejust ref. 116139 typically ranges from $9,000 to $17,000. The diamond-set men’s white gold Datejust ref. 116189 however, starts at about $17,000 for a non-gem dial and reaches all the way to around $28,000 for a matching diamond dial.
The men’s white gold Datejust ref. 116139 stands out for its full gold case and leather strap and it’s certainly one of the most elegant Datejust models around.
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