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|Scope of delivery:||Original box, original papers|
|Expected delivery:||Jun 21, 2019 - Jun 29, 2019|
|Condition||Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)|
|Scope of delivery||Original box, original papers|
|Location||United Kingdom, Hertfordshire|
|Power reserve||48 h|
|Number of jewels||31|
|Case diameter||41 mm|
|Water resistance||10 ATM|
|Lug width||20 mm Size guide|
BACKGROUND – SHORT HISTORY OF THE DATEJUST
The Rolex Datejust is an important watch, and in fact is a milestone in the history of watchmaking. It was when introduced in 1945 (for the 40th anniversary of Rolex), under the ref. 4467, the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window on the dial. Yes, you’ve heard right: before the Datejust, this complication that is now a must for almost every single watch on the market, was not displayed in a window but mainly on sub-dials. The Datejust introduced what is the norm now in the industry: the date window at 3 o’clock. This common feature is the brainchild of Rolex… among many others.
The Rolex Datejust’s full name was and still is in fact the “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust”, meaning that even at the time of its introduction, it already featured 2 important innovations of Rolex: the Oyster case, thus being a waterproof watch, and the Perpetual winding, meaning that it was an automatic watch with 360° rotor. And it was close to perfection: a 3-hand watch with a date aperture at 3 o’clock that changed automatically at midnight. Thanks to an intermediate gear and a spring mechanism, the date disc was able to make an instant jump at exactly midnight. The date was just, all the time – and this feature is still part of the current collections.
The design of the first series remains rather close to what we know now, even if two features have changed over the years: the fluted bezel (the first ones had a coin-style bezel) and something that is an actual Rolex’ hallmark: the cyclops – the magnifier over the date window. This characteristic element of the actual Datejust only appeared in 1954, after nine years of production.
Over the years, the Rolex Datejust evolved, bringing new designs, new dials, improved movements and several other refinements. However, the concept – a 3-hand watch with a date aperture at 3 – and the overall look which has remained faithful to the original, reference after reference. The latest evolution of this icon appeared in 2009, with an updated diameter, moving from 36mm to 41mm, with the Datejust 2.
This is a near mint condition, pre-owned, 2017 watch with FULL SET (Complete with box, outer box, paper work, booklets and swing tags)
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