It may not be a struggle currently to find a very stylish, unisex watch, but that hasn’t always been the case. When looking at the history of a brand like Rolex, it’s easy to see the exact moment when they started focusing on making watches for women as well as dropping the label of “men’s” from their sportier, larger watches. Thankfully, enough women were buying models for men that Rolex decided to drop the label entirely. Now, when you look at their site, most of their watches are under the Unisex page, allowing for more versatility among wearers. In this article we will follow up with two Pre-owned Rolex watches for women.
In the early 2000s with female celebrities like Jennifer Anniston and many other popstars pushing the trend of the “boyfriend watch” began to take off with many spotted wearing larger Datejusts and Daytonas. Women wanted to have a watch that wasn’t delicate. They wanted something durable which works with everyday looks. Having access to a larger watch to wear with different outfits and occasions can be nice to wear part of the time. Whereas, if your style is naturally more feminine, the Lady-Datejust may be the right choice for you with its delicate frame and more feminine with the addition of gems. For those who are looking for something a bit more in the middle, the Datejust would be your number-one choice as a solid classic.
Pre-owned Rolex Lady-Datejust Watches: For the More Elegant Dresser
With its very own unique features and personality, the Lady-Datejust is more than a smaller version of its male counterpart. Similarly, the Lady-Datejust is perfect for both everyday wear as well as for more glamorous, formal events. Made with a self-winding automatic Perpetual movement feature, a 26mm stainless steel case, an 14k yellow gold fluted bezel, and a champagne diamond dial is then completed with stainless steel and an 18k yellow gold Jubilee bracelet with a folding buckle. The functions include hours, minutes, and seconds along with the date.
The Datejust, along with its smaller, feminine counterpart the Lady-Datejust, both find a balance between glamorous dress pieces and more specific collections, both designed with a classic design for formal wear. Whereas the Lady-Datejust in its own right is meant to be an accessory for a very chic outfit.
The Lady-Datejust 26mm design has gotten as big as 28mm, which is still considered smaller than the unisex watches directly marketed to men. Today, you can find 31mm, 34mm, and 36mm watches under the section for “Women” when in the past those sizes were not offered. What may surprise some is the fact that the Lady-Datejust continues to outsell other watches like the Submariner, the GMT-Master, and the Daytona.
A Rolesor finish was added to the design of the Lady-Datejust which is a beautiful blend of yellow gold and stainless steel. It’s been used for the crown and the center links of the bracelet as well as the bezel, becoming one of Rolex’s more identifiable color scheme signatures, being first used with the original Datejust in 1948. The Lady-Datejust is fitted with Calibers 2035 and 2135 and continued producing them until 1999. This included the Glucydur balance wheel, made from a temperature-resistant alloy of copper and beryllium as well as being antimagnetic. The Caliber 2135 along with 2130 holds the record for the highest first-time pass rate for the accuracy of any movement certified by the COSC.
This has given it a power reserve of up to 48 hours. The watch also includes a Quickset function, which allows the wearer to advance the date by pulling out the crown to the second position and winding it forward. On the 40th anniversary of the Datejust in 1985, Rolex introduced the Jubilee dial featuring the “ROLEX” monogram engraved on the face.
The Rolex Lady-Datejust Mid Size 31MM: For a More Androgenous Look
With a two-toned face from precious metals forming the bezel, a champagne dial, and 31mm case size, the Rolex Lady-Datejust Mid-size adds a little bit more sturdiness to the Lady-Datejust model. The fluted bezel gave the watch something eye-catching but not gaudy. While it was marketed as a unisex Datejust watch, it provided similar movements to the Lady-Datejust at that time, being released with the Caliber 2135 movement.
Rolex had developed faultless calibers and perfected their movement over the years. They sacrificed a lot of design to keep their watches performing well. The Datejust 31 easily became one of the more popular watches with the signature Rolex Rolesor coloring, but if that’s not the look for you there are still a wide range of choices to pick from to create a unique looking watch of your dreams. You can also choose from black, white, and silver. There’s also the option to add other materials like mother of pearl and lapis lazuli. If you would still like a feminine touch, you can choose a floral dial as well.
The older acrylic crystal was replaced with a tougher sapphire crystal for better protection and water resistants. What has made this watch continuously popular is the number of details to choose from to be able to have a watch that fits your personality. Larger than the 26mm Lady-Datejust, it is also a more modern choice that many women prefer.
It’s also important to consider whether or not you will be buying a pre-owned watch, a vintage watch, or a brand-new watch. If you have the time and patience, looking through the secondhand market will help you find a good quality watch, without having to wait on a list or having months go by before getting to having it delivered and being able to wear it. Just make sure to look into the references of your seller before closing on a deal. The benefits of finding a pre-owned watch also include making a great investment as long as you take the time to care for your watch properly. Whether you prefer a more traditionally feminine look or like being able to mix it up a bit for everyday wear, the collection of Rolex watches to choose from will leave you with nothing but amazing choices. We have a wide collection of Pre-Owned Rolex Lady-Datejust watches in stock.
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