The Rolex Datejust launched in 1945, during the 40th anniversary of Rolex. The Datejust was another Rolex innovation, the first self-winding wristwatch with a date display and quick date mechanisms. The Datejust is one of the most distinctive and popular Rolex models ever created.
The first Datejust model, 4467, was available only in 18k yellow gold with a Jubilee band. The back of the original Datejust had a prominent bubble back, due to the design of its bulkier calibre. The first models of the Datejust also didn’t feature Rolex’s signature date magnifier; that feature wasn’t added until 1954.
Changes to the appearance of the Datejust over the years have been minimal, with only the shape and metal options of the watch changing notably and the dial and hands of the watch remaining largely unchanged. The major changes in the Datejust have been its technological advances, particularly in the watch’s calibre. The Datejust has featured many calibre over the years. The first two, Calibre 710 and Calibre 730, were large enough that early models of the watch featured their notable bubble backs. But in 1957, the use of Calibre 1065 finally allowed the watch to feature a flat back. Since then, Rolex has continued to improve the calibre of the Datejust to increase its accuracy.
Some notable models of the Datejust include the Turn-O-Graph and the Datejust II. The Turn-O-Graph was launched in 1953 and featured a Turn-O-Graph bezel that allowed the watch to function as a stopwatch. The Turn-O-Graph is also sometimes known as the Thunderbird, which gets its nickname from its use as an official military watch for the U.S Air Force Thunderbird aerobatic squadron. The Datejust II is a notable modern model of the famous timepiece. The Datejust II was introduced in 2009; its larger profile was designed to keep up with the modern trend of larger watch cases.The Rolex Datejust’s popularity grew to new heights in the 1970s, after many prominent movie stars and filmmakers began sporting the timepiece. Since then, the popularity of the the Datejust has only grown. Today, the Datejust is one of Rolex’s most notable models. The accuracy, durability, practicality, and versatility of the timepiece has made it an enduring classic.
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