Starting at Baselworld 2018, Rolex has subtly been revisiting its 36 mm fake Rolex Datejust models. The two stainless steel/white gold models revealed at Baselworld 2019 were the last of these, and I am pleased to now delve into the details of this important modern wristwatch.
Up until the year 1945, when someone wondered what the date was, they looked it up on a calendar. In 1945, Rolex fake changed that with the introduction of the Datejust, which has the honor of being the first wristwatch to display the date in a window.
While calendar watches existed throughout timekeeping history, some with extraordinary astronomical complications in addition to perpetual and complete calendars, Rolex lays claim to introducing the first watch displaying “just” the date in a window.
Rolex Datejust Oyster case: the emperor’s new clothes
Rolex doesn’t mess with its formula for success, preferring instead to introduce subtle improvements such as those seen at Baselworld 2019.
We’re not talking New Coke here: the black dial copy Rolex Datejust is still wonderfully classic. It’s the real thing!
The Coke-bottle shape of the Oyster case has seen little redesign throughout its history, having remained in its essential form for a very long time. It fits nearly any wrist and suits nearly any occasion.
For 2019, the Oystersteel (Rolex speak for 904L stainless steel) case is now a bit more streamlined with a profile that recalls the lines of elegant sailboats; the toned contours simultaneously present a more sporting and professional air. The case lines are sharp and defined in their planar changes.
The case sides are now more perpendicular than they have ever been, although still not as abrupt as those of Rolex’s professional models, with a generous radius defining their convexity. One can feel the tension of the defined surface. It is a structured statement of the consolidation of visual attenuation.
Think (Rolex ambassador) Lindsey Vonn in her ski suit rather than in a swimsuit. And just like Vonn’s skiing style, the case is fully polished.
The Twinlock crown in tandem with the solid screw-down case back ensure the Oyster case is water resistant to 100 meters, comfortably able to withstand a weekend at the water park before returning to desk duty.
The Jubilee bracelet has also seen a slight revision, most evidently in the end links. The center links are now more robust than ever and designed to integrate better with the roundness of the case flank.
The bracelet, with its brushed outer links and high-polished center links, makes the Swiss movement fake Rolex Datejust positively glitter like a gentle afternoon sea when paired with the sparkling, white gold, fluted bezel.
Its Oysterlock clasp features a 5 mm Easylink extension, while the underside of the bracelet features broad channels between the brushed surface of the links to liberally aerate the wrist when worn. This, to me, is the height of comfort.