The two most popular models of Rolex wristwatches are the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust and the Rolex Day Date President (AKA) Rolex Presidential
The Datejust was introduced in 1945, the Presidential was first showcased in 1956 at the Basel Fair. Discerning customers have appreciated these models for their appearance and unique functionality over the years; a comprehensive review and comparison of these models will help you understand the basic commonalities and differences between them.
Basic Difference: The basic difference between the two, evident in their names, is while the Datejust model displays only the date, the Rolex Day Date President model comes with both date and day displays–both seen through separate apertures in the watch dial. In both the Datejust and President, the date is displayed at the 3 o’clock position, while in presidential models the day is spelled out (in 26 languages) at the 12 o’clock position.
Metal Used: The Oyster Perpetual Datejust is available in stainless steel, 18-karat yellow/white gold, and Rolesor (steel and any one form of gold). The Ladies’ Datejust is also available in pink (rose) gold and platinum. Of all prevaling models, the stainless steel and two-tone versions of Datejust have been extremely popular.
On the other hand, the Day Date models are not available in stainless steel. These are made exclusively in platinum or 18k yellow, white, or pink gold.
Size of the Case: All Rolex Day Date models are available with a case size of 36mm for men as well as women. In the Datejust, however, the case size is different for men and women: for men the standard case size is 36mm while for women it is either 26mm or 29mm. Rolex also offers a mid-sized version of the Datejust, featuring a case size of 31mm. Recently, Rolex also launched a special edition Datejust at the Basel Fair in 2008 that featured a case size of 34mm.
The early Datejust models featured a domed back similar to that found in the Rolex Bubbleback, while newer model of the Datejust are a little thinner. Although the early President case was larger, it never had a domed back. If planning to buy a vintage variety of either the Datejust or President be cognizant of this model difference.
Bracelet: The style of bracelet in these two popular Rolex models has always been one of the key identifying factors. The Datejust models initially flaunted the Jubilee Bracelet, which gives the watch a unique look with three central links perfectly complimented by broader links on either edge. On the other hand, in 1956, when the Rolex Day Date model was launched, it featured a new bracelet known as the “President” bracelet. This bracelet has become popular for its powerful appearance featuring broad central links offset by narrower links on the sides. In many popular models, the President bracelet flaunts sparkling diamonds on the center links. Additionally, a standard feature that can be found in most Day Date models is the concealed clasp in the bracelet.
The Rolex Datejust and the Rolex President are two distinctly identifiable models in terms of their movement and basic functionality, and the overall differences in their style and appearance make them clearly distinguishable from each other. There is no question, however, that in their own striking ways, they represent the very best of Rolex quality and precision.
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