This could perhaps be the platonic ideal of an everyday watch that will suit every occasion and one that will last the rest of your life. The Rolex Datejust is the most well-known model from the most well-known brand in the world and since it’s inception has been one of the best sellers for the Crown.
It’s no surprise really, as the quality of the Datejust is second to none, priced very reasonably and carries the famed Rolex logo. Furthermore, from an aesthetic point of view, it is hugely versatile with its simple and proportionate design, suitable in the boardroom and the swimming pool.
The Ref. 116234 is the predecessor to the 126234 that was introduced in 2019 and shares much of its looks. Powered by the in-house Cal. 3135, it is a chronometer graded movement with 50 hours of power reserve. The case, crafted out of 904L steel, is an absolute tank on the wrist.
This particular example comes with a sunburst blue dial, which is without a doubt the most desirable variant of the Datejust and is fitted on an Oyster bracelet. There is a reason why blue dialed watches are so hot right now as the visual impact of the sunburst reflecting light and different shades of blue really cannot compare to the ordinary black and white versions. Moreover, this Datejust comes in 36mm, which in my opinion is a perfect size. Though they make larger models, anything above 36mm loses the classic Datejust proportionality- there really is no need for larger.
If I had to choose one watch to wear every day, for the rest of my life, this Datejust would certainly be a big contender.