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Rolex Datejust II History

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When it comes to men’s fashion the Rolex Datejust II has always been a stylish choice.  The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust II was originally launched in 2009. However, it was not the first Datejust watch Rolex had made. The forerunner was the original Datejust, released in 1945.

Datejust II
Here is a Datejust II with a black dial.

A Larger Case Size & Updated Movement

The new Datejust II certainly reflects its vintage forerunner, but offers a larger case and updated movement. Measuring 41mm in diameter, this watch is available in a range of materials including steel with white, yellow or rose gold. The Monobloc middle case is highly waterproof and utilizes a screw-down case back and winding crown. These components give the watch a waterproof rating up to 100 meters or 300 feet. Though it is not considered a diving watch, its durability allows it to be submerged in water with no effect on the watch.

Datejust II Rolex Watches
Despite its typical scene in luxurious settings, this watch is still an Oyster Perpetual.

Inside The DateJust II

Inside, the watch utilizes a caliber 3136 perpetual, self-winding, mechanical movement. This movement powers centre hour, minute and seconds hands on the dial as well as an instantaneous date aperture with rapid setting. Located at the 3 o’clock mark, the date window changes instantaneously at midnight so the wearer always knows both the time and date.

Datejust 3136 Movement
Datejust 3136 Movement

Along with these great features, the watch also offers stop-seconds for precise time setting. The movement utilizes a paramagnetic blue Parachrom hairspring and high-performance Paraflex shock absorbers for durability and reliability. Even when dropped, the Rolex timepiece can continue to perform precisely. The watch’s smooth matching bezel and Oyster bracelet with flat three-piece links finish off the iconic look.

Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust 116300
Stainless Steel Rolex Datejust 116300

Modeled After A Classic

Though modeled after a classic and much-beloved Rolex watch, this timepiece is able to offer contemporary allure. Thanks to its rich heritage, the watch’s features, including the iconic date window and Cyclops magnifying lens, are instantly recognizable.

rolex oyster perpetual datejust 2
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 2

Highly Sought After

With an oversized case and iconic features, this stunning timepiece is highly sought after by collectors. This watch certainly commands presence on the wrist and has come to represent power and success. If you want a watch that will boost your confidence as well as perform precisely, choose the Datejust.

Rolex Datejust II
Rolex Datejust II
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