Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017 Watch Releases

Last year, Rolex gave us the new Datejust 41. The name refers to its case size, which is 41mm. Rolex fans might recognize instantly that 41mm is the same as the Datejust II that was introduced way back in 2009. They are right, of course, but the Datejust 41 features subtle refinements that make it look more proportionate, at least to my eyes. Some changes include more refined lugs, slimmer case profile, and a larger aperture of the dial and a thinner bezel. That said, last year’s models (hands-on here) only came in Rolesor, meaning two-tone gold and steel. For Baselworld 2017, Rolex has finally released the model that I think most people will want - the Rolex Datejust 41 in stainless steel.

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017 Watch Releases

The new Rolex Datejust 41 in steel has all the refinements that last year’s models have. That means, less beefy lugs, a slimmer case profile, slimmer baton markers, and, of course, a new movement - but more on the movement later. From the press pictures that we’ve been given, the new Rolex Datejust 41 in steel looks pretty awesome. I have said in the past that I very much prefer the look of the new Datejust 41 because of its more elegant case and the same is true here.

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017 Watch Releases

There will probably be other variants, but the one that Rolex is showing here comes with a blue dial with a brilliant sunray burst finish and the brand’s signature 18k white gold fluted bezel. The case is polished 904L stainless steel and the crown uses Rolex’s Twinlock system. Water resistance is 100 meters. It is also fitted with a 904L stainless steel Oyster bracelet that comes with a folding Oysterclasp and Rolex’s Easylink extension system.

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017 Watch Releases

Like most other Rolex’s watches, the baton markers, hour, minute, and second hands are all made out of 18k white gold and filled with Rolex’s special Chromalight luminescent material. Unlike the luminescent material used by other brands, Chromalight gives off a lovely blue glow in the dark. Rolex also says that it lasts longer than regular Super-LumiNova. The date window is at 3 o'clock and over is is the iconic Rolex Cyclops lens for easy reading of the date.

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017 Watch Releases

The new Rolex Datejust 41 in steel will also get Rolex’s new Calibre 3235, which is not just an improved version of the existing Calibre 3135 or 3136. Over 90% of the movement is new. Some major improvements include a new type of escapement called the Chronergy escapement, a more efficient gear train, a longer mainspring, and a more effective self-winding module. For owners, this means a longer power reserve of 70 hours and improved accuracy and precision. Along with Rolex’s new Superlative Chronometer certification, this means that the new Rolex Datejust 41 in stainless steel will be accurate to +2/-2 seconds a day.

Rolex Datejust 41 Watch In Steel For 2017 Watch Releases

The new Rolex Datejust 41 in steel looks great and I would be surprised if it didn't sell like hotcakes. The Rolex Datejust should always be, first and foremost, an elegant watch, and the new redesigned Datejust 41 case makes the watch look a lot more classy as compared to the Datejust II. In stainless steel, this new Rolex Datejust 41 is a bit more affordable than last year’s two-tone Rolesor models. This version of the Rolex Datejust 41 in steel is priced at $7,450. rolex.com

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  • Katnip Everlean

    “Chromalight gives off a lovely blue glow in the dark. Rolex also says that it lasts longer than regular Super-LumiNova”

    Rolex is trollin’. It is not a lovely blue, but at most a weak teal. And it does not last longer than Super Luminova. My Seamaster 300 MC holds the lume longer than my GMT Master II.

    • Chris Boulas

      Chromalight will last longer underwater though compared to super luminova. You can’t make the comparison on land.

      • SuperStrapper

        Aka, marketing bullshit.

      • IG

        And what aspect of being underwater changes the afterglow time compared to being on land?

        • Juan-Antonio Garcia

          I guess that when you are out out of oxygen, it seems longer to get to the surface, thus the lasting effect.

  • PleaseSpellRoman4AsIV

    Another shocking surprise from Rolex. So far it seems to be a fairly boring Baselworld lineup.

  • Travis Cannata

    This thing is going to sell like wildfire.

  • Pete L

    Love these blue dials but would like to see a direct comparison with the Djii. Been eyeing one of those for ages and this might compress the used market.

  • Word Merchant

    Nice… if I was buying though I might think about scraping together the extra for the two-tone new gold and steel Sky Dweller. It’s a great saving over the white gold variant.

    I agree with Travis Cannata – this will sell and sell.

    Disclaimer: I am a Rolex fan and even reasoned and polite arguments against my opinions will fall on deaf ears.

    • IG

      I wouldn’t wear a Rolex even at gunpoint.

      • Word Merchant

        I sincerely hope you’re never put to the test on this.

        • IG

          Luckily it must be a rare case someone forcing a victim to wear Rolex. Usually it’s the opposite.

  • SuperStrapper

    It’s actually quite attractive. And who doesn’t need another blue dial? Regardless, it still wouldnt be the Rolex for me to buy, because 8 jillion of these will be sold next year. I’m not saying it has to be piece unique for me to want to, but I also don’t want to just fall in line in the flock.

  • IG

    In two-tone it’s more Rolexy.

  • A_watches

    so predictable but nevertheless a much needed refinement over the dj2, should have done the full suite revamp last year though instead of drip feeding the correction

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Boring™

  • Juan-Antonio Garcia

    Nice timeless design. Yes, very popular, but because its cool.

  • Yanko

    This bezel destroys the watch.

    • Beefalope

      It’s already a mediocre watch, like Rolex watches typically are at best, but the fluted bezel makes it particularly vile.

      Add a gold tone, and then you’ve really got something nauseating there.

  • Lincolnshire Poacher

    I’ll admit to a strange, nay disturbing, psychological condition.
    I like fluted bezels.
    There I’ve said it. You can shun me for the pariah that I am.

  • Beefalope

    Meh.

  • Mitch Schwartz

    Is that price in USD? On their website they have MSRP at $9,350 and I’ve seen another site have a price of EUR $8,500.

  • Ricardo Cabza

    I purchased my 16610 back in 1996 for $1,800 new, and thought that price was obscene, today’s prices are not only obscene, but insane.

    It’s a stinking stainless steel watch with a fairly solid movement, it’s not worth more the a couple of grand tops. If you took the crown and the Rolex off the dial, that’s all they would be selling for!

    You have to be drinking gallons of Rolex Kool Aid to pay these prices!

  • Ulysses31

    A steel three hander. That’s all it is. The pie-tin fluted bezel is something i’ve never liked, and probably never will. Another brand where the name alone sells the watch.

  • TC Yee

    The dial is simply awesome. I love the blueray.

  • funNactive

    I’m considering this watch with the SS bezel.