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Rolex Datejust II And Rolex Day-Date II Watch Reviews

Rolex Datejust II And Rolex Day-Date II Watch Reviews Wrist Time Reviews

The most distinctive feature of any Rolex Datejust II or Rolex Day-Date II watch is the famous fluted bezel. It is actually possible to get these models with a domed and polished bezel versus a fluted one. But what is the fun in that? You get these for the famous bezel that has marked an extremely historic design. Rolex fluted bezels only come in a precious metal. For example, even on the otherwise all steel version of the Rolex Datejust II, the bezel is in 18k white gold. If you want an all steel Rolex Datejust II you need to opt for the steel domed bezel. Rolex produces its fluted bezels in all colors of gold but not platinum at this time.

An important thing to mention here, is that Rolex offers many more versions of the Rolex Day-Date II than they do the Rolex Datejust II. However, each year they release new models and are slowly beefing up the Rolex Datejust II model ranks. Currently, the Rolex Datejust II is offered in all steel (ref. 116300), two-tone steel and 18k yellow gold (ref. 116333), and steel and 18k white gold (ref. 116334). This latter model is what I am reviewing. Each of the models at this time also have various dial options, and you are covered if you like baton or Arabic numeral hour markers.

Rolex Datejust II And Rolex Day-Date II Watch Reviews Wrist Time Reviews

Rolex Datejust II And Rolex Day-Date II Watch Reviews Wrist Time Reviews

Rolex Datejust II And Rolex Day-Date II Watch Reviews Wrist Time Reviews

Rolex has fleshed out the Rolex Day-Date II collection much more than the Rolex Datejust II at this time. The Rolex Day-Date II is only available in precious metals and there is no steel version. You can get the Rolex President in 18k white gold, yellow gold, pink gold, or platinum. Reviewed here is the Rolex Day-Date II ref. 218235, which is actually the second least expensive Rolex President watch. The least expensive is about $2,700 cheaper in 18k yellow gold. That feels like a rather large price difference from 18k yellow to 18k pink gold, even if it is Rolex’s in-house produced Everose gold whose color is said not to fade.

Based on that information, you can see why the Rolex Day-Date II is the “fancier” model. Rolex has intentionally offered distinct metal choices so as to give each of the watches a different type of buyer. There are also other differences such as the available bracelet as well as the dial choices. But all in all, these are very similar timepieces in theme and style for most watch lovers. I tend to find that older, more distinguished people wear a Rolex Day-Date II, while younger or less successful (though still a success) people wear a Rolex Datejust II.

For example, I once met a wealthy businessman from Lagos, Nigeria. Of course he was wearing a solid 18k rose gold Rolex Day-Date II. He was well versed in watches so I inquired as to why he chose a Rolex. He said that there was a very simple reason. In Africa they don’t have many watch lovers. There, people worry about government or status instability, so what they care about are things with lasting value. This Rolex was perfect. The large amount of gold on the case and bracelet has enduring value, while the Rolex name offered the same type of assurance. It was a logical and very meaningful explanation on why people might prefer a watch like the Rolex President. It allows them to help carry a sort of financial insurance policy around on them. It is a sad reminder of how little residual value so many other watches have.


Rolex Datejust II And Rolex Day-Date II Watch Reviews Wrist Time Reviews

Rolex Datejust II And Rolex Day-Date II Watch Reviews Wrist Time Reviews

Yes, I spent almost the entire review without discussing the Rolex Datejust and Rolex Day-Date names, but they are pretty straightforward aren’t they? The 1950s Rolex developed its cyclops magnifier lens on the sapphire crystal as a way to more easily read the date. The Rolex Datejust name came from the fact that the watch had the time and the date – very original I know. Inside of the Rolex Datejust II is the in-house made Rolex caliber 3136 automatic COSC Chronometer certified mechanical movement. In the Rolex Day-Date II you have the in-house made Rolex caliber 3156 automatic movement that is also COSC Chronometer certified. Similar to the 3136, the 3156 adds a day of the week disc that fully spells out a day of the week at 12 o’clock.

Both the Rolex Datejust II and Rolex Day-Date II watches have famously legible and attractive dials. The Rolex Datejust II has baton or Arabic hour numerals while the Day-Day II has baton or Roman numeral hour markers. Aside from style differences it should be noted that the sportier Rolex Datejust II has lume on its dial while the Rolex Day-Date II dials do not have applied luminant on them (for viewing the dial in the dark).

Aside from the Submariner, the Rolex Datejust is probably the second most popular Rolex timepiece, and among the brand’s higher-end models, the Rolex Day-Date II is among the top choices next to fancier versions of the Daytona. Depending on your budget there are lots of versions, and these are great watches to own being classics in their own right and extremely good keepers of value. Complaints? Really not many. Rolex has so many types of watches that there is something for everyone. Sadly you cannot mix and match cases and bracelets unless you buy the complete pieces that have those cases and bracelets. Though each does look good on a nice strap. For mere style, there are less expensive options out there compared to Rolex. Though for style, prestige, and value retention these watches are a good bet. The Rolex Datejust II 116334 as reviewed retails for $9,100, while the Rolex Day-Date II 218235 retails for $37,850.

Necessary Data
>Brand: Rolex
>Model: Datejust II and Day-Date II
>Price: $9,100 – $37,850 as reviewed
>Would reviewer personally wear it: Yes
>Friend we’d recommend it to first: Someone wanting a safe choice for a high-end classic watch and status symbol.
>Best characteristic of watch: Timeless design and formal yet masculine spirit. A true classic that wears well and mostly retains value.
>Worst characteristic of watch: Limiting options as Rolex wants to push you into a certain type of model if you are looking to spend a certain amount.



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  • Ulysses31

    The lugs don’t seem to contour around the wrist much at all, lending the impression that the watches are larger than they really are.  Rolex are a good investment, recognised by all non-WIS types – a nice choice if you’re shopping for an heirloom.  Certainly just about one of the least exciting purchases you could make.  Perhaps it depends on how old you are?  Some people find a little pepper on their omelette “too spicy”, I think they are the type who’d love this brand.  Let’s see if they come out with something interesting in the next thirty years, if they haven’t already choked to death on their own blandness.  Thank goodness they have Tudor.

    • Kris C

      If you’re a long time employee at Rolex and wander over to Tudor one day, it must be similar to something like your typical buttoned-down librarian walking into a strip club on a Friday night. Loud, dim and bright at the same time, colourful, titties jiggling in your face, random tattoos, questionable buffet. If they walked into, say, Christophe Claret, MB&F, or whatever it would seem like being sodomized by a nuclear explosion at a GWAR concert.

  • Lesthepom

    I own a two tone Date Just 11 I’ve had it for about 2yr it is certainly my most comfortable watch to wear it is probably the safest watch I have purchased I would have got the day date 11 if my budget would have aloud may be for my 50th gives me a few years yet the area I live is quite devoid of watch retailers so I don’t get to see most of the watches written about on ABTW but I do have a good local Rolex dealer who lets me drool over them regularly ( not literally ) I did not buy it as an investment or as an heirloom having no kids probably why I can afford Dutch watches

    • Lesthepom

      Sorry the last 2 words should be such watches
      Auto correct strikes again

  • Hah!  “…36mm wide and smaller versions of these Rolex pieces are mostly typically preferred by women these days…” Who knew among all the manly 70’s wannabe’s that their legacy as Rolex owners would one day be “owners of watches ‘preferred by women'” You’ll need a sense of humor when you wear yours to a party, and 5 of your best friends wives are wearing them!  The girls are buying these left and right. 
    IMO, the Day-date with the roman numerals is ghastly ugly, while the Datejust with the champagne dial is right on-point.

  • DangerussArt

    I look forward, each day, to seeing what cool new watch ABTW has for me to check out… oh… well, poo.

  • MID

    It’s pretty knuts when $9,100 is considered “reasonable” for a wrist watch.  I’m not taking anything away from the technical qualities of Rolex, I’m just saying they’re expensive — not reasonable.  That’s all.

    • MID “technical qualities of Rolex” = do nothing for 50 years and call it traditional excellence

      • MID

        hobycook MID I respectfully disagree.  Rolex has been slowly and steadily improved it’s movements, and are quite advanced in materials.  A Rolex movement of today is vastly, and objectively, better that one from 1963.  But that excellence costs.  And, $9,100 is not “reasonable,” but expensive.  Oh, and I find the Day-Date and Date Just really unattractive watches.

        • MID hobycook I concede the improvement in materials, however almost every other high-priced watchmaker has combined the use of advanced materials with advancement in the art of design and innovation, and every 100 year-old maker I can think of that’s still around today makes an arguably “better” watch, on the strength of these better materials alone.  On matters of taste I respectfully stand down.  The DateJust has been around since the year I was born (1945, ouch!), so for me, it’s kind of like the Eiffel Tower, it’s always “just been there” – something beyond my station to question 🙂

  • Ryan B

    You misspelled Invicta in the title, plus I think the pricing is a little off as well.

  • ChakibAbiSaab

    They are only “not reasonable “if you can’t really afford it. You see, wearing a Rolex has a level of prestige attached to it, it is like buying a BMW instead of a Toyota. If your argument is simply that the watch is expensive, then that says a lot about you (yes, looser with capital L). I buy rolexes not just because I can, but I buy them because I appreciate the craftsmanship and the meaning of it.
    There are a lot of people criticizing Rolex, but the truth is simply just envy. Most people (granted, not all) would love to have a Rolex in their wrist. For people who appreciate watches, reading comments like many here make us realize we are an envied elite… And I must say, its great to have Rolexes.

  • ChakibAbiSaab

    For a VP of a company, your comments truly show a great ignorance. Just because you personally do not like Rolex, does not mean it is not an amazing time piece. I do not like Ferrari for example, but I respect people’s taste and understand some people appreciate things I don’t… But regardless, A Ferrari is a Ferrari, and the same goes for Rolex… You not liking it is the least of my concern, but I hope you take this as good advise because frankly, your comments make you seem like a very ignorant and close minded person! …. Also, remember your taste is yours, so if you do not like roman numbers for example, it does not make it ugly, it just means you do not like it… And since you are nobody, it does not really matter.