Every watchmaker has many arrows in their quiver – various models to suit different tastes and different situations. Some are meant to be formal watches; others are designed to withstand challenging situations rather than to be worn with sophisticated suits. Still, others are multi-taskers, luxury replica watches that can effortlessly navigate between dinner parties or boardrooms while looking at home at any weekend event.
In fact, Rolex has several models that will fit the bill; no matter where or what the outfit is, it won’t look out of place. The Submariner is a logical choice, as it is the first design to straddle work and play – and if it’s good enough for 007 to wear a diving suit or white tuxedo, it’s good enough for me.
In terms of sheer versatility, however, the Datejust could almost be considered perfect. Debuting back in 1945, the Datejust has been in continuous production, with different combinations of metals, dial colors, hour markers, handsets, and bracelets resulting in countless variations too numerous to count. This means that this historic design classic can be either an unassuming introvert, an extravagant performer, or anything in between.
Although its humble feature set may seem somewhat archaic by today’s standards, the Rolex Date just ushered in a significant advance in watch development upon its release. As the first self-winding, water-resistant watch to display the date, it revolutionized the industry and ultimately set Rolex on the path to dominating the high-end best replica watches market.
To its credit, Rolex has never undermined a winning formula, and the Datejust of the past is clearly of the same breed as the most modern examples sold today. While its classic and iconic lines may not have changed much, the technology inside has remained at the forefront of mechanical watchmaking.
Over the past 70 years, the Datejust has undergone many different movements, with each upgrade adding more resilience, accuracy, and convenience to Rolex’s core collection. The biggest change to the Datejust, however, has come in the last few years. Rolex has finally succumbed to audience pressure and released a larger high-end model to sit alongside the traditional 36mm size-first the poorly received Datejust II in 2009, and then the similarly sized but more distinctive Datejust 41 in 2016.
With its arrival, Rolex’s Datejust watches have a fifth size option. In addition to the 41mm variant, the collection now includes 28mm and 31mm models, aimed primarily at female customers, as well as the standard 36mm version. With its everything-for-all-men (and women) attitude, who can say that Rolex doesn’t have at least one Datejust in its collection?