It was introduced in 1945 and it was the very first one which had a chronometer movement that included an automatic calendar. The 1940s and 50s Datejust models are still recognizable when lined up with the newer models, and the ones that could really be known as the mother of all Datejust watches is the 1600 model. The 36mm size, the shape of its case, the cyclops and the Jubile strap are all features of the classic Datejust and it lasted until it was upgraded in 2005 and just recently the Datejust II.
For those who don’t like the Rolex, only minor changes and upgrades have been made during the last 20 - 30 years. For classic Rolex fans, every tiny improvement has undergone a lot of R&D and in-depth testing. OK so maybe not really that intensive but the fact is, every change is always an improvement.
The watch’s movements have been improved a bit compared to the first caliber 1570 classic Rolex types which were in the ref.1600 Datejust clone models (1960-70s) to the latest movements with 3135 caliber. The older Datejusts had caliber 1570 and no quick-set for the date. Rolex introduced a new movement in the late 1970s for their Datejust line with caliber 3035. The Datejust collection received a new reference number, starting with 16000 and featured a quick-set function for date changes on this watch. The dial of the new Datejust was flat whereas the non-quickset Datejusts had a dial that is pie-pan shaped. It’s still plexi crystal however.
Rolex introduced a new kind of eta movement in 1988, caliber 3135 which was a bit of a change in terms of construction it had a ‘double’ bridge balance. Rolex Datejust Replicas are equipped with a Swiss-Made ETA® movement instead. This Datejust lasted until 2005 including the movement type. The model numbers were modified a bit when they introduced the ref 16220 for a completely stainless steel model.
In 2005 Rolex made improvements in the design of the Datejust bracelet, made it bigger and using bigger lugs or horns. This one looks slightly more solid compared to the models before 2005. The reference number changed too but this time it used the former coding adding 1 in front so the new 16234 was changed to 116234.
A few years later in 2008, Rolex unveiled a new line of Datejusts replicas and this time they had a larger diameter, 41mm. The watch exterior was changed, and the movement was upgraded to caliber 3136. It featured the Parachrom hairspring movement which had a patent by Rolex. This hairspring can resist magnetic fields and shocks than the regular hairsprings, according to Rolex.
But the prices of the DateJust II changed and they are significantly more expensive than the 36mm Datejust models.
The simple smaller Lady Datejust replica watches can be cheaper than models for Men but the luxurious sparkling Lady Rolex with synthetic (Moissanite) diamonds is usually more expensive because of the stones.
If you don’t have the classic Rolex and want to get a true iconic watch, search our online discount store and you can find 1:1 clone copies of those good old 1980s Datejusts that have the built-in quickset-feature, that still have the sexy plexi crystal and a Jubilé bracelet. You can purchase a used 1980s model with a box and paper for approximately 1600 Euro or a Swiss replica Datejust for arround $500.Swiss Replica ROLEX ⌚ Collection »
Alternatives offered by ROLEX
- Replica Rolex Submariner™ « Designer watch copy with Swiss-Made© ETA movement.
- Rolex Datejust Replica 【Swiss】« ETA® Movement. Rolex Submariner knockoff with swiss-made ETA movement - possibly the mother of all modern timepieces. Although there is Datejust II, the classic 36mm Datejust remains a sought after wrist watch.
- Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean for Deep Diving.
Split Seconds Replica
Integrated design of this watch makes it look sophisticated. There are also luxury Patek Philippe Nautilus watches with diamond hour markers.
Tudor Replica Heritage if a fake Submariner is too obvious
If you think that a fake ROLEX on your wrist would be to obvious how about a replica Tudor. Less expensive than its older brother but respectable and good looking.