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What Is the Difference Between a Rolex Datejust and a Rolex Day Date?

The Rolex Perpetual Datejust and the Rolex Day Date are two of the most popular models Rolex produces. That isn’t surprising given that both of these watches are beautiful and extraordinarily functional. They’re suitable for any business or formal setting as well. Such high quality watches from the most iconic timepiece manufacturer in the world are very much desired. If you are looking for a new dress watch, here is a comparison of the two for you.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref: 126333 Men's Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref: 126333

In 1945, the Rolex Perpetual Datejust was released with a domed back (known as the Bubbleback) with a 36mm case for men and a 26mm or 29mm case for women. Today, the Datejust has a smaller, slimmed down back instead of the domed back. The Datejust can be obtained in stunning Rolesor (steel combined with any color gold), 18 karat yellow gold, 18 karat white gold, and stainless steel. Women’s choices also include platinum and Rolex’s own proprietary rose gold. By contrast, the Rolex Day Date is not available in stainless steel and versions for men and women are available in platinum, yellow gold, white gold and Rolex’s rose gold.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date “Presidential” Ref: 18238 18K Yellow Gold Men's Watch
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Ref: 18238

The Rolex Day Date, released in 1956, became so popular among world leaders that the watch became known as the Rolex President. This is an unofficial nickname although there is a Rolex bracelet, available with the Day Date, officially called the President Bracelet. The design of both is classy and elegant. However, the Day Date is, without question, a more formal design with an array of formal bracelet choices. This probably explains why it became a formal dress watch of choice among business leaders, and heads of state the world over.

If you are looking to buy a Datejust or a Day Date, you’re sure to love getting one of these watches on your wrist. Be warned, though, that the supply of these watches doesn’t keep up with demand. Authorized Rolex dealers have waitlists with wait times as long as three years for these watches. Many buyers turn to the secondary market. If you buy your Rolex that way, make sure you buy from a trustworthy pre-owned Rolex seller.


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