Rolex Datejust 41 imbues watch history with a modern twist

Rolex’s iconic Datejust has been updated with a new geometric golden dial that is perfectly in sync with the original wristwatch’s signature fluted bezel

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‘Datejust 41’ in Oystersteel and yellow gold, £10,800, by Rolex
(Image credit: Rowan Corr)

With its date disc at three o’clock replacing the use of traditional markings around the dial indicated by an extra hand, the release of the Rolex Datejust model in 1945 marked a radical rethink of how we check the day of the month on a watch. Defying the conventional parameters of watch design, the model became the first self-winding waterproof chronometer to have this display.

New Rolex Datejust 41

It is a history retold in the new Rolex Datejust 41, which imbues these references with a modern twist. A textured golden dial riffs on the classic fluted silhouette of the bezel; highly polished lugs and case sides add a brilliant play of light. They join classic Datejust particulars such as the Jubilee bracelet, created exclusively for the original 1940s model, which here knits together Oystersteel (a stainless steel alloy exclusive to Rolex) and yellow gold.

Wearers today can choose from three sizes, in 31mm, 36mm and 41mm, and from a range of colours and materials. Yellow, white or Everose gold bezels – whether smooth, gently textured or speckled with diamonds – circle diamond-set, mother-of-pearl or fluted dials. As well as the distinctive Jubilee bracelet, the Datejust can also be paired with the Oyster bracelet, composed of flat three-piece links, and the President bracelet with three semi-circular links which is available on 18ct gold versions of the watch. 

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Hannah Silver joined Wallpaper* in 2019 to work on watches and jewellery. Now, as well as her role as watches and jewellery editor, she writes widely across all areas including on art, architecture, fashion and design. As well as offbeat design trends and in-depth profiles, Hannah is interested in the quirks of what makes for a digital success story.

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