The Rolex Datejust 116234

The Rolex Datejust is perhaps one of, if not the most iconic Rolex ever produced, but also considered by many as one of the most understated. It is a timeless, pure, non complicated piece of art for the wrist. Or as Rolex states it themselves, ‘the classic watch of reference’.


The Datejust comes in many shapes and forms. Going from the classic 36 millimetre version to its bigger brother, the Datejust II in 41 millimetre, and the newer version the Datejust 41 currently available only in two-tone.

Here seen is the modern iteration of the classic 36 millimetre Datejust. Reference 116234, 904L stainless steel with fluted white gold ‘rolesor’ bezel, silver dial and oyster bracelet with polished centre links, including Easylink comfort extension link. The Easylink is a welcome feature on the Datejust, allowing the wearer to increase the bracelet length by an additional 5 millimetres, providing comfort in any circumstance.

Inside the oyster case, which makes the watch water resistant up to a depth of 100 meters, resides the calibre 3135. A self-winding mechanical movement entirely developed by Rolex and, as all Rolex perpetual movements, it is a certified Swiss chronometer (COSC).


The Datejust is one of the earliest models produced by Rolex, released in 1945. It was the first automatic wristwatch with an automatically changing date feature. Originally only available in yellow gold with the jubilee bracelet. Over the years, the Datejust model became available in different variations, for example with an oyster bracelet and luminous markers, and materials such as stainless steel, rose gold, two-tone and so forth.


Many believe the classic, 36 millimetre Datejust is too small but I would have to disagree. Vintage wearers might even argue that the modern 36 millimetre wears large for its size due to the more robust oyster case. And while many swear by the original jubilee bracelet, I opted for the more modern and versatile oyster bracelet. The latter is less shiny and perhaps more suited for every day life in my opinion.

I could go on for hours about how well balanced and comfortable this watch is but I believe that pictures speak a thousand words.











Photographs by Maarten Slaets

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