An elegant sports-watch? A robust dress watch? A casual watch? Call it the way you want, the replica Rolex watches simply is the definition of the all-rounder, a sort of SUV among watches which covers just about all the bases, which can go everywhere and which can be worn with everything. The Rolex Datejust 41, first introduced at Baselworld 2016 in two-tone, now comes in steel versions, which means that it is now more affordable and even more versatile. This is why we had to go hands-on with the new iterations of this icon (ref. 126300 and ref. 126334), that we’ll name an SUW, a Sports Utility Watch. There’s no need to say that the replica Rolex Datejust 41 watches is one of the most emblematic models of the “Crown“. Slightly less coveted than the Submariner or the Daytona, yet it remains the archetypal timepiece by Rolex: simple but efficient and focussed on the essentials, it has probably inspired hundreds of watches now on the market. It remains a reference in the field of “classic watches”, it’s not too dressy, nor too sporty. Before we move on to the most recent references, the Datejust 41 in steel or Rolesor – ref. 126300 and ref. 126334 – let’s look back on the history of the model. The Rolex Datejust is an important watch, and in fact is a milestone in the history of watchmaking. It was when introduced in 1945 (for the 40th anniversary of replica Rolex watches, under the ref. 4467, the first self-winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window on the dial. Yes, you’ve heard right: before the Datejust, this complication that is now a must for almost every single watch on the market, was not displayed in a window but mainly on sub-dials. The Datejust introduced what is the norm now in the industry: the date window at 3 o’clock. This common feature is the brainchild of fake Rolex watches… among many others. The Rolex Datejust’s full name was and still is in fact the “Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust”, meaning that even at the time of its introduction, it already featured 2 important innovations of perfect Rolex watches: the Oyster case, thus being a waterproof watch, and the Perpetual winding, meaning that it was an automatic watch with 360° rotor. And it was close to perfection: a 3-hand watch with a date aperture at 3 o’clock that changed automatically at midnight. Thanks to an intermediate gear and a spring mechanism, the date disc was able to make an instant jump at exactly midnight. The date was just, all the time – and this feature is still part of the current collections. As you can see, the design of the first series remains rather close to what we know now, even if two features have changed over the years: the fluted bezel (the first ones had a coin-style bezel) and something that is an actual Rolex’ hallmark: the cyclops – the magnifier over the date window. This characteristic element of the actual Datejust only appeared in 1954, after nine years of production. Over the years, the replica Rolex Datejust watches evolved, bringing new designs, new dials, improved movements and several other refinements. However, the concept – a 3-hand watch with a date aperture at 3 – and the overall look which has remained faithful to the original, reference after reference. The latest evolution of this icon appeared in 2009, with an updated diameter, moving from 36mm to 41mm, with the Datejust 2. The Rolex Datejust 2 was a larger edition of the Datejust… and many collectors of Rolex never really appreciated this watch, seen by some as too bulky, mainly because of large indexes and a fat bezel. The diameter itself can’t be faulted but the proportions are. This is this watch that Rolex updated at Baselworld 2016, with the new fake Rolex watches. And as announced at Baselworld 2017, it now comes in steel. Well, first of all, don’t expect some drastic changes to the Datejust. It’s Rolex we’re talking about and every new model is typically more of an evolution of the previous one rather than a complete overhaul. Thus, the Datejust 41, the one that replaces the Datejust 2, shares many similarities, the first one being its 41mm diameter. Thus, you might think it will face the same issue: being bulky. However, you’d be wrong. Indeed, perfect Rolex watches applied on the Datejust the same recipe as the Day-Date 40 launched in 2015: slimmer case, thinner bezel, and more tapered lugs. Overall, this is just about proportions, yet these new proportions make the Datejust a lot more elegant and restrained.