https://www.crmjewelers.com – Rolex Datejust vs. Datejust II
In this review, I will compare and contrast the Rolex Datejust (called “Datejust 1” by some) and the Datejust II, which was introduced by Rolex in 2009 as an upgraded model.
Both the Datejust 1 and Datejust 2 are good entry level Rolex watches. The Datejust model goes up to a diameter size of 36mm and the Datejust II is bigger at 41mm; the modern standard when it comes to men's Rolex watches.
Even though I strongly recommend the 36-mm Datejust only for women, the reality is that some women are even gravitating towards the 41mm size. For those women, the Datejust II might be more appropriate.
Besides the sizes, the Datejust I and II models have the same overall characteristics, including the same case design, layout and bracelet proportions.
Both watch models come in either a smooth or fluted bezel design.
One difference between the Datejust I and II is that the Datejust II watches do not come with a Jubilee band option. It would be pretty cool for Rolex to add this to their line of models in the future.
Another difference between the I and II is that the Datejust II does not include rose gold in their list of metals, whereas the Datejust 1 does.
Nevertheless, they both come with plenty of dial options, which almost guarantees you'll find one that you like – especially when looking for an economical, but stylish Rolex watch.
The most economical versions of the Datejusts is obviously the stainless steel version with the smooth bezel. However, I always recommend that clients opt for the more stylish fluted version. It gives the watch an overall more luxurious look.
As far as the dial combinations go, my favorite is the charcoal Roman dial and the blue stick dial, both of which are shown on the video.
Unlike sports watch Rolex models like the Submariner, the Datejust models do not come with a superior triple crown seal. This means that even though they are water resistant, you need to be careful and make sure that their crowns are fully closed at all times whenever you go in the water in order to avoid water damage.
For those watch fans who want to jazz up their Rolexes a bit, the Datejust 1 and 2 provide plenty of versatility. One thing you can do is add a diamond bezel to the watch to give it that extra punch. A diamond bezel will make the Datejust a bit more feminine, but if caution is exercised, even a men's Datejust can be customized to look good with diamonds. My recommended size for a diamond bezel on a Datejust is about 2.5 carats for men.
Rolex Datejust Prices
The retail price on the stainless steel Datejust II with a fluted bezel is $9,100. A good price to pick one up brand new is around $7,800 and around $6,750 for a pre-owned model. A two-tone model will run you about $2,000 more.
A good price on a pre-owned, stainless Datejust 1 with either an Oyster or Jubilee band is going to be around $5,500. A brand new one is about $1,000 more. A two-tone Datejust will run you about $1,000 more as well.
As far as the Watch Game goes, the Datejust I and II are good economical introductions into the Rolex brand. They are great watches to wear every day to work and flex some muscle, without making a big dent in your bank account.
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