It requires no introduction.
And I’ve always admired them.
Rolex is one of the world’s largest luxury watch brands. Originally founded in London in 1905, it moved to Switzerland in 1919 and has been based there ever since.
In 2016, Forbes rated Rolex as one of the world’s most powerful global brands and it’s probably the name you most commonly associate with quality watch making.
So why did I go for the Rolex Datejust 41?
I already have a couple of Rolexes. I own a Yachtmaster and an Explorer and I love them both. You may have seen
I keep a hitlist of the watches I want to own and the Rolex Datejust was 1 of the 3 Rolexes I was keeping an eye out for. Why? I remember seeing the Datejust on a Gentleman’s wrist and thinking “some day I want a Rolex”. It had that wow factor and it was something to aspire to.
I believe that Rolex is the benchmark of excellence.
I make sure there’s always a reason and an association when I purchase a watch. The watches I own have personal meaning – which is very important, especially if I’m investing a lot of money in them.
#1. Rolex Datejust 41 – Why?
My Rolex Datejust 41 has a lot of meaning to me. It reminds me of the first year we officially sold out at Menfluential. For those who don’t know, Menfluential is a two-day conference packed with actionable knowledge, life-changing keynote speakers and step-by-step guides to help you jump-start your online business.
If you’re an entrepreneur, influencer, or simply someone who wants to earn a living doing what they love – this is the event for you.
It was a fantastic occasion and the culmination of 5 years hard work.
We don’t make a lot of money from Menfluential – it’s a labor of love and any money generated from it is reinvested in the event. It’s about bringing together great people, not about making profit.
And it’s extremely rewarding. And every time I look down at my watch, I’m reminded of that amazing event and the people we helped and inspired.
#2. Rolex Datejust 41 – Details
The most striking feature of this watch is blue dial. When I first saw this, I loved it. Blue is one of my favorite colors and I don’t have any watches like this in my collection. The shade of blue isn’t over the top or outlandish – it’s a muted color and it works with other items in my wardrobe.
When I started researching this watch, I noticed that Martin Luther King wore one. His was gold – which I felt was too much for me. Gold is a great color for guys with warm skin tones however I have cooler tones so all of my metal accessories, including wedding rings, are silver.
The metal used is on the Datejust 41 is Rolesor – a term patented by Rolex in 1933 – which is a marriage of white gold and steel.
There are 2 details on this watch that I did not expect to like but when I saw it in person I loved them. It can be very difficult to get a good idea of a product just from looking at it online. (The same applies to clothing – you should try out and feel the material instead of making the purchase based on a photo.)
The first detail is the fluted bezel. I was unsure until I saw it in person. I think it works especially well in combination with the iconic Rolex Jubilee bracelet.
The Jubilee is flash – it’s an attention watch – and I love the overall combination and look.
The Datejust 41 also comes with the new Rolex Caliber 3255 movement, a 70 hour power reserve and it is water resistant down to 100 meters. It has sapphire glass so it’s tough in addition to looking fantastic.
If you would like to learn more about this particular watch, you can check the details online by using the watch’s reference number – 126334.
#3. Rolex Datejust 41 – The Perfect Dress Watch?
It’s great. But it’s not perfect.
You can get a dressier watch by choosing a leather band. A simple, understated and elegant watch is traditionally more dressy. I have cheaper watches which I would consider more “dressy” than the Datejust 41.
But practically speaking, I’d wear the Rolex with a Tuxedo because of what it stands for. I spent a lot of money on it and it’s something I want t to get some wear out of.
Sometimes buying a watch isn’t just about what’s right according to the rulebooks. It’s about meaning too. And that can be more important.