Rolex Datejust II and Day-Date II watch differences review

New version of Day-Date hours from Rolex

The Rolex Datejust II and Day-Date II have an abundance of differences, options and features. They have different dials, bracelets and two completely different movements. However, both the Rolex Datejust II and Day-Date II come in the same size case and are one of those watches that are nearly identical to each other. 

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Rolex has released the Datejust II and Day-Date II in large classic cases. The Datejust and Day-Date models sold in the past few years have been 36mm wide. For a long time this size was considered acceptable, but over the past decade, men have come to prefer large watches. Rolex began producing large versions of their classic watches. Thus, the 41mm Datejust and Day-Date models were born, although 36mm versions were still in production. Rolex versions of 36 mm and smaller are mostly preferred by women.

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Both the Datejust II and Day-Date II come in an Oyster Rolex case . An original water-resistant watch, the famous Rolex trademark – a case style with a screw-down crown and water resistance to 100 meters. In addition, being larger than their 36mm predecessor, the 41mm version is not significantly different. The presented enlarged 41mm version has a wide lug structure and a relatively wide bracelet.

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The reverse side of the watch is also screwed down, as is customary for the Oyster case. As with all Rolex watches, the caseback of the Datejust II and Day-Date II has a simple matte finish. Despite the large 41 mm wide case, the watch is pleasant to wear. It’s just as comfortable as the 36mm version. 

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Over the years, Rolex has offered the Datejust and Day-Date  on stylish bracelets. Each model comes with only one of the bracelet options. Day-Date II only comes with a President bracelet. It has three rounded links and is a more modern version of the famous bracelet. This bracelet fits very comfortably on the wrist and has a polished center link and two matte links on the sides. The Datejust II comes with an Oyster bracelet, which also features three links in a row with a polished center clip. The Oyster is more athletic than the President because the connections are larger. It cannot be said that one bracelet is better than the other, they have stylistic differences.

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The Oyster style bracelet is a simpler variation on the wonderful bracelet on the Rolex Submariner. It doesn’t have a Glidelock and looks a little different (the Submariner doesn’t have a polished center link). The Oyster bracelet has a distinct clasp that is much smaller than the original Rolex watches. Milled metal without stamps. The clasp closes securely and opens very softly.

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In the President bracelet, the system is almost identical, but it is designed to hide the clasp. Overall, none of the bracelets is better than the other. You get a more formal look and probably a little more comfort with the President bracelet, while the Oyster bracelet has a sportier look.

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The most distinctive feature of both the Datejust II and Day-Date II watches is the famous fluted bezel. There are models with polished bezels. But what’s interesting about the grooved one? The Rolex fluted bezel is made from precious metal only. For example, even with all steel versions of the Datejust II, the bezel is 18K white gold. If you want an all-steel Datejust II you can opt for a steel domed bezel. Rolex produces its fluted bezel in all colors of gold without using platinum at all.

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Importantly, Rolex offered many other versions of the Day-Date II before they made the Datejust II. However, each year they release new models and gradually strengthen the position of the Datejust II. The Datejust II is currently available in stainless  steel (Ref. 116300), bicolors in steel and 18K yellow gold (Ref. 116 333), and stainless steel and 18K white gold (Ref. 116334). Each of these models is also varied thanks to the design of the dial. 

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Rolex positions the Day-Date II collection much higher than the Datejust II . The Day-Date II watch is only available in precious metal cases and does not have a steel version in the model range. It is possible to become the owner of a watch made of 18K white gold, yellow gold, rose gold or platinum. The Day-Date II model 218235 reviewed here is actually the second least expensive President watch. The least expensive is about $ 2,700, cheaper in 18k yellow gold. There is quite a big difference in price between the 18K yellow and 18K rose gold versions, even if Rolex is in the self-produced Everose gold version, which is said to not fade.

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Based on this information, you can see why the Day-Date II is an “unusual” model. Rolex has deliberately offered a variety of metal choices to suit the tastes of any customer. There are other differences as well, such as a bracelet or a kind of dial. But overall it is a very similar watch in style for most watch lovers. It is generally believed that older, more successful people prefer the Day-Date II, while younger or less successful (albeit still successful) people wear the Datejust II .

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The large amount of gold on the case and bracelet is valuable, while the Rolex name itself provides confidence and assurance. This is a logical and very significant explanation why people prefer watches like the Rolex President. This allows them to create a kind of financial insurance guarantee. 

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Datejust and Day-Date are pretty simple names, aren’t they? In the 1950s, Rolex developed their Cyclops sapphire magnifying lenses as a way to more easily read the date. The name Datejust comes from the fact that the clock displayed the time and date. Inside the Rolex Datejust II is the In-house Rolex Caliber 3136, an automatic chronometer certified by the COSC. Inside the Day-Date II is also an automatic movement Rolex 3156 automatic movement, certified by the COSC-chronometer. As in Caliber 3136, the 3156 movement has been supplemented with a disc showing the day of the week at 12 o’clock.

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Both the Datejust II and the Day-Date II have an excellent legible and attractive dial. The Datejust II is available with hands and Arabic numerals, while the Day-Date II is available with hands and Roman numerals. In addition to the style differences, it should be noted that the sporty Datejust II is backlit on the dial, while the Day-Date II dial does not have a backlit function for viewing the dial in the dark.

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Aside from the Submariner , the Datejust is probably Rolex’s second most popular watch, and among the brand’s more expensive models, the Day-Date II is one of the best choices for the extraordinary Daytona. Are there any disadvantages? In fact, there are not many of them. Rolex has a wide variety of watch types, so there is a suitable one for everyone. Unfortunately, there is no way to change and combine cases and bracelets when buying a full-fledged watch that has its own case and bracelet. Regardless, every watch looks great on its mount. The Datejust II 116334 retails for $ 9,100 and the Day-Date II 218235 retails for $ 37,850. 

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