Rolex introduced the original Datejust in 1945 to celebrate the company's 40th anniversary. It is now one of Rolex’s oldest watch collections still being produced today. At the time it was evolutionary as it was the first in the world to be a self winding wristwatch and featuring a date window that changed automatically at midnight.
On launch, it was only available in yellow gold and featured Rolex’s waterproof Oyster case, which was first introduced in 1926. Interestingly, the Datejust was not produced with a particular sport in mind but with its effortless simplicity, it was ultimately rock solid and hugely reliable hence its significant success.
Comparisons between the current Rolex Datejust and the Pagani Design
Overall thoughts about the Pagani Design homage
This is one of the highest quality homages that I have ever purchased. For a watch with an NH35 movement and synthetic sapphire glass, this is exceptionally good value.
With regards to its similarities to the Rolex Datejust there are many. The size is very similar to the original's 41mm version which is a comfortable fit for most wrist sizes and tastes. Pagani Design have done a great job with the fluted bezel which is good quality and in keeping with the distinction created by the original.
The dial on the Pagani Design is a pleasant blue. I would say that it is a very deep blue, and therefore, can look "blacker" in some lights. However, a minor criticism, at worst.
Similarly to the Rolex, it also has a screw down winding crown which feels smooth and secure, giving me additional confidence that significant efforts have been made in quality control.
In conclusion, this is an excellent homage to the original. One may be concerned that it actually too closely mirrors the original Rolex Datejust. That aside though, at this price, and with the watch's specifications, it is difficult to come up with any rational reason as to why it wouldn't be an impressive addition to your watch collection.