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The Tuxedo Dial Datejust: An oddball full of character

After a visit to my chiropractor’s office at 53rd and Madison, I usually make a stop at Burger Heaven and Tourneau to browse the pre-owned collection and check out new Rolex models like the Datejust 41, which is just stunning in the blue dial version.

One day, I happened upon two Datejust models in the pre-owned section with what’s known as a Tuxedo dial. A black outer circle surrounds a subtle silver inner circle with a “roulette” date wheel, which alternates between red and black date displays. Let it be known I’m drawn to the odder variations of traditional watches. But this Tuxedo dial is now on my must-have list. It’s not even quirky enough to be called quirky, but for Rolex’s overall conservative design tendencies the Tuxedo Dial Datejust, in traditional 36mm Oyster case suits my personal style perfectly, classic with twist.

Photo by Bob’s Watches

Modern Datejusts are ideal for people who mostly wear one watch. With 100 meters of water resistance, 3130 movement and solid end link bracelets with easy adjust clasp, this watch personifies something you can dress up or down. Note: It’s easier to dress down a dressier watch that the other way around.

So if you do find yourself trying on a Tuxedo Dial Datejust 116200, beware, it’s subtle charms can be irresistible. If you think you are someone who projects “classic with a twist,” then you may have found the perfect watch. Snag it, as this model is out of production. And if you don’t you might be settling for the new Air King, another odd dial Rolex. Which is… really worth an entire story be itself.