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Old 24 March 2018, 03:10 PM   #1
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My First: Rolex DJ 36mm 116200 BKAO

I turned 40 a couple of months back and as fate would have it, I received a better than expected work bonus that I considered to use for an upgrade in my value sedan. Yet, for some reason I felt inclined to treat myself to a Rolex, my first. Just a year ago I was content with my Seiko Turtle and my Longines Master Collection, but after studying, trying on, and ruminating over the history, tradition, and engineering marvel I converted to the idea that every man, if able to, should have one Rolex in their life and one that is timeless.

I tried on and studied many watches, but decided on the Datejust 36MM. Initially I considered the Milguass and the Datejust II, but realized that my wrist, in reality is only 6.5 inches and I've also faded away from the trend of bigger watches. If I got a Rolex, it would have to be classic, yet subtle, so the 36MM Datejust with Arabic numerals was perfect for me. I received it last week, slowly peeled off the stickers and I can not explain what a wonderful honeymoon it has been. I love it.

Everyone is different, some would say, why not the ___, why not a larger dial, why not the Roman or sticks over the Arabic numerals? But in the end, it's the watch that captured me, defined some aspects of me, and one I hope to pass down to those I love. It's my first Rolex and I can say, good things do happen. And No, I don't regret driving an older Hyundai to work when I have this on my wrist for good times ahead.

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Old 25 March 2018, 04:28 AM   #2
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Looks great on you.
Congratulations and enjoy!
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Old 25 March 2018, 06:26 AM   #3
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Looks great on you.
Congratulations and enjoy!
Thanks Paul!
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Old 10 April 2018, 12:22 PM   #4
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Very nice watch, not often do I see that dial, very sharp, distinctive. Shoppe you enjoy it.
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Old 11 April 2018, 12:52 AM   #5
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Congratulations! Enjoy wearing.
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Old 11 April 2018, 12:57 AM   #6
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I love the smooth bezel with oyster bracelet .. Congrats!!
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Old 13 April 2018, 06:59 AM   #7
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If it's the watch that spoke to you, then it's the right watch no matter what anybody says!

Good for you, congratulations!

I remember when I got my first Rolex - it was in February 2004 and was a Datejust with rhodium roman dial. I was in love with that watch until the day it was stolen in 2013.

Since my first one, I've had a DJ2, a GMT, a new Datejust and an Explorer II, but none have had the same magic as my first Datejust.

Wear it in good health, it's a beauty! The Arabic numerals pop on that dial!
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Old 16 April 2018, 12:02 AM   #8
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Congrats, it's a timeless classic. Wear it in good health.

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Old 16 April 2018, 03:33 PM   #9
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Old 19 April 2018, 10:03 PM   #10
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Riskwalla, I'm in your boat as well. Ive been looking at rolexes online, reading this forum and popping in to an AD in Houston randomly to look around.

I too have nice bonus coming in the next few weeks and will be buying a Rolex. Currently I wear a Seiko SKX and have an older Tag Heuer I got as a gift many years ago. I don't want a SubC, I'm looking at the Explorer 1 and Date Just. I initially wanted an Air King but slowly changed my mind. What made you go with a DJ36 instead of DJ41? And did you get yours from an AD in the Houston area or here on the forums?
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Old 3 May 2018, 07:17 AM   #11
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Riskwalla, I'm in your boat as well. Ive been looking at rolexes online, reading this forum and popping in to an AD in Houston randomly to look around.

I too have nice bonus coming in the next few weeks and will be buying a Rolex. Currently I wear a Seiko SKX and have an older Tag Heuer I got as a gift many years ago. I don't want a SubC, I'm looking at the Explorer 1 and Date Just. I initially wanted an Air King but slowly changed my mind. What made you go with a DJ36 instead of DJ41? And did you get yours from an AD in the Houston area or here on the forums?
Eric. Sorry for the late reply. Early congrats and I hope your bonus is greater than even anticipated. I don't think you can go wrong with any Rolex model, but felt something personal reach out to me with the DJ. The reason I got the DJ36 as opposed to the DJ41 is b/c when I tried on the DJ41 is looked a bit too "showy" on my small wrist. I felt that the DJ36's proportion to my wrist looked more timeless. I was going to purchase mine from an AD, but found a new one on True Facet which felt like a slight risk, but I'm glad I did as I saved some coin. Good luck!
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Old 3 May 2018, 07:19 AM   #12
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Very nice watch, not often do I see that dial, very sharp, distinctive. Shoppe you enjoy it.
Thanks Jack T. I thought so too. Thank you.
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Old 3 May 2018, 07:20 AM   #13
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Old 3 May 2018, 07:20 AM   #14
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I love the smooth bezel with oyster bracelet .. Congrats!!
Thank you SkyKing.
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Old 3 May 2018, 07:21 AM   #15
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If it's the watch that spoke to you, then it's the right watch no matter what anybody says!

Good for you, congratulations!

I remember when I got my first Rolex - it was in February 2004 and was a Datejust with rhodium roman dial. I was in love with that watch until the day it was stolen in 2013.

Since my first one, I've had a DJ2, a GMT, a new Datejust and an Explorer II, but none have had the same magic as my first Datejust.

Wear it in good health, it's a beauty! The Arabic numerals pop on that dial!
Wesdaniel. Sorry to hear about your first DJ, but I'm glad you have such a fine collection. Thank you.
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Old 3 May 2018, 07:21 AM   #16
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Congrats, it's a timeless classic. Wear it in good health.

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Thank you acfcheung! Very kind.
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Old 3 May 2018, 10:34 AM   #17
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Old 20 May 2018, 02:41 PM   #18
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Congratulations thatís is a mighty nice Datejust. Wear it in good health.


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Old 21 May 2018, 09:57 AM   #19
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I can relate to your post... I purchased my first Rolex in the past month or so. Enjoy!
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