Saturday, September 10, 2011

Rolex Datejust

The Rolex Datejust is an officially certified, self-winding chronometer wristwatch manufactured by Rolex. The Datejust was the first wristwatch with a date function, in 1945.

Rolex Datejust with Thunderbird bezel

The Datejust is offered with two classic Rolex bracelets: the jubilee and the oyster. The men's bezel size is 36mm. The Thunderbird model or "Turn-O-Graph" was introduced in 1955 as an award given to US Air Force pilots returning from combat missions. Chuck Yeager wore one of these models when he broke the sound barrier. This would be the basis for the Rolex Explorer (designed for Sir Edmund Hilary's Mount Everest expedition), the Rolex Submariner, and the Rolex Sea Dweller.

In 2009, the Datejust II was released. The men's size is 41mm diameter.

In Popular Culture
Several of the male characters in the movie The Informers (2009) wear the Rolex Datejust.

In the movie American Psycho (2000), Patrick Bateman wear the Rolex Datejust with a Two-Tone jubilee bracelet.