The Datejust II featured the first ever Rolex Wimbledon dial back in 2009. The striking dial perfectly represents the prestigious Rolex and Wimbledon partnership with its class and style.
Wimbledon, also known as The Championships, is the oldest and most highly regarded tennis tournament in the world.
Rolex created several variations of the iconic Wimbledon dial, which we’ll look at shortly. First, it’s important to note the rich history shared between the sport and the brand, and how the dial came to be.
History of the Rolex Wimbledon Dial
Rolex became the official timekeeper of Wimbledon in 1978. A Rolex clock sits at the Center Court grass of each tournament since the partnership began to time the matches.
A Brief History
Over the years, Rolex has sponsored and outfitted tennis stars like Juan Martin del Potro and Grigor Dimitrov to Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza.
But the most esteemed tennis player to wear the Rolex brand is Roger Federer. Federer won his first of 20 Grand Slams in 2003, and holds a record of eight titles at The Championships. His last being in 2017 at the age of 35.
The Datejust 41 has become the unofficial watch of Wimbledon. Rolex introduced the first Datejust in 1945 to commemorate its 40th anniversary.
This model was the world’s very first self-winding wristwatch to feature a date window that would automatically change over at midnight. A few Datejust 41 dials have been fitted with a Rolex Wimbledon dials.
Next, we’ll look at our favorite dial configuraitons and it’s Wimbledon significance.
Rolex Wimbledon Dial Models
The unmistakable Wimbledon dial is seen on several Datejust variations. They present similar features, but small details make each model unique.
Here are a few of our favorites!
1. Datejust 41, Reference 126303
Dial: The Wimbledon dial on the Datejust 41 is one of the most recognizable models. The slate gray dial with a sunray finish offsets black Roman numeral hour markers outlined in an iconic green Rolex hue. The green color is also a nod toward the traditional Wimbledon green the tournament is famous for.
The dial features a highly legible Chromalight display with long-lasting blue luminescence material applied on the nine o’clock marker, hour and minute hands.
Case: An Oystersteel and yellow gold case with a smooth bezel and oyster bracelet finish off this model.
2. Datejust II, Reference 116333
Dial: Similarly, the Datejust II, Ref. 116333 features the iconic Wimbledon dial. The two watches are strikingly similar just a few key differences.
Bezel: Noticeably, the Ref. 116333 features a fluted, 18 ct. gold fluted bezel compared to the smooth on the Datejust 41 model.
Movement: Another difference is the movement. The Datejust 41 has a calibre 3235 movement, while the Datejust II is equipped with a 3136 movement.
3. Datejust 41, Reference 126334
Dial and Case: This model really takes it up a notch. The classic slate gray Rolex Wimbledon dial is paired with an Oystersteel case and 18 ct white gold fluted bezel.
Bracelet: Finally, it’s finished off with an elegant Oystersteel jubilee bracelet. The monochrome silver and gray theme allow this reference to easily transition from day to night.
4. Datejust 41, Reference 116334
Dial: This Datejust II Wimbledon dial varies a bit from the other versions. The all stainless steel model displays a dark grey dial with Roman numeral markers outlined in white instead of green. The white on grey helps the numeral markers really stand out.
Case/Bezel/Bracelet: The case, fluted bezel, and Oyster bracelet are all stainless steel, making this model perfect for everyday wear.
Which one’s your favorite?
Final Word on the Rolex Wimbledon Dial
Each Datejust Wimbledon dial configuration is unique, but features the same central tournament theme. These models will make a subtle statement and exude class on any wrist, and tennis fans and Rolex collectors alike are sure to take notice.
The classic green color outlining each Roman numeral marker has significance for both the sport and Rolex. The same green color has been featured on numerous Rolex models, and is a staple of the brand.
The Rolex Wimbledon dial looks equally good with both the Oyster and Jubilee bracelet, in a two toned combo or white gold, and with a fluted or smooth bezel.
There is no shortage of Rolex Wimbledon dials on the market, so you can find these models at great prices. If you don’t already have one for the collection, come and see us!
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