Rolex released the new reference 126333 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 41 replica watch (debuted here) which quietly replaced the outgoing Datejust II that Rolex had been making for a few years. Both models are larger-sized versions of the classic Rolex Datejust Replica that for most of its life came in a 36mm-wide case. The Rolex Datejust is one of the world's most popular luxury timepieces and has been around since Rolex originally released the Datejust back in 1945.
I've been wearing the Rolex 126333 Datejust 41 quite regularly for the last few months as part of my normal timepiece rotation. This is one of those replica watches that I also happened to add to my own collection. It was not until I was able to wear the replica watch for a while that I was able to truly develop a relationship with the Rolex Datejust in a way that so many owners have done over the collection's long lifespan. One of the major questions that I was trying to answer as part of my review is "what category does this replica watch fit into?" I'll get to why that question is important later on.
When Rolex originally released the Datejust, the name of the High Quality Swiss Fake Watch made a lot more sense. Quite literally, the main technical attraction to the replica watch was the fact that it had a movement that was able to automatically change the date at midnight, which was a novel piece of functionality at the time. Since then, the humble "date complication" has gone on to become the most popular function on wristreplica watches right after displaying the current time.
As a company, Rolex rarely releases brand-new model families. Instead, part of the "Rolex Way" – a clever marketing term for a very real culture at the company – is to maintain strong pillars of production collections and improve and expand upon them as they feel might best serve the market. Thus, the majority of Rolex's stable of replica watch lines (Submariner, Explorer, GMT-Master, Daytona, Day-Date, Datejust, et cetera) have been around for decades. What this means is that while there is "one Datejust," in reality there are dozens and dozens of variants from previous years, as well as those currently available.