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Old 4 August 2020, 10:46 PM   #1
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Is the datejust 36mm to small ?

Hi all.

I'm seeking 2 watches but 1 is a datejust.

My wrist size is 6.5cm across ,
Is the 36mm too small moving forward ?
I love the look of 90's datejusts.
Is this a good idea / investment or with larger sizes being the modern thing is a 36mm a bad idea. I feel the 41mm is beautiful but looks too much and feels a little big.
I like the feel and look of the 36mm but worry I'm not investing right ?
Thoughts ?
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Old 4 August 2020, 11:14 PM   #2
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IMO, 36mm is the perfect size. Classic.

Buy what you like/love.
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Old 5 August 2020, 01:29 AM   #3
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Is the 36mm too small moving forward ?
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Old 5 August 2020, 04:35 AM   #4
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Old 5 August 2020, 07:53 AM   #5
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6.5 inch wrist the Rolex 36 mm case is ideal (at least with the OP and explorer)
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Old 5 August 2020, 08:07 AM   #6
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I had a 36mm DJ smooth, blue face on an oyster bracelet on my 7.25 wrist and felt it was a tad small imho.

I now have a SD43 and love the size and heft of it with no complaints!!

To each their own?!
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Old 5 August 2020, 08:13 AM   #7
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36mm is the classic size. FWIW, I own a DD36 without any regrets.
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Old 5 August 2020, 12:27 PM   #8
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My 36mm DateJust, looks good on my 7 1/2 wrist. The quintessential Rolex.
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Old 5 August 2020, 01:05 PM   #9
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Old 5 August 2020, 05:08 PM   #10
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It’s all about personal taste. I’ve had a few but always felt they were too small and underwhelming. The best way is to go and try them on.
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Old 5 August 2020, 07:39 PM   #11
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This is probably one of the oldest thread topics here.

Itís normally either;

Is the DJ36 too small?

Or

Is the DJ41 too big?

You will get as many people confirming both, as everyone has different tastes.

I have a 6.75Ē wrist.

I had a DJ2. Sold it.
I had a DJ41. Sold it.
I now own a DJ36 and it is just right.

36 is the iconic, classic, size.
41 is a modern iteration, but itís size is on par, if not bigger than some of the sports models, which i personally find weird.

My favourite analogy would be a two-seater sports car being made larger than a 4x4. Itís just a little odd.

Itís a three hand model thatís design is meant to be a little smaller. Not only that but to me, when you hold up a 36 next to a 41, the way the watch, case, and general layout, looks far better on the DJ36.

I have sports models up to 41mm. My Sub C looks perfect on my wrist, however I felt the DJ41 didnít.

For this style of watch, itís all about the 36mm and as such will stand the test of time in the future as well.

Despite my advice to go with 36mm, I equally donít think that larger watches are a fad or a sudden fashion statement. I think sizes have just evolved in to larger pieces in the last decade.

But, I personally think that many people now buy larger watches to show off or make a statement. Thatís the horrendous Kardashian-esque world we live in now where everyone wants recognition from an Instagram post.

Aside from any of my suggestions. You have a 6.5Ē wrist, which is very slender.

Take a look through the comical threads here where others have posted watches that are clearly too big for their wrists.
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Old 7 August 2020, 06:27 PM   #12
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This is probably one of the oldest thread topics here.

Itís normally either;

Is the DJ36 too small?

Or

Is the DJ41 too big?

You will get as many people confirming both, as everyone has different tastes.

I have a 6.75Ē wrist.

I had a DJ2. Sold it.
I had a DJ41. Sold it.
I now own a DJ36 and it is just right.

36 is the iconic, classic, size.
41 is a modern iteration, but itís size is on par, if not bigger than some of the sports models, which i personally find weird.

My favourite analogy would be a two-seater sports car being made larger than a 4x4. Itís just a little odd.

Itís a three hand model thatís design is meant to be a little smaller. Not only that but to me, when you hold up a 36 next to a 41, the way the watch, case, and general layout, looks far better on the DJ36.

I have sports models up to 41mm. My Sub C looks perfect on my wrist, however I felt the DJ41 didnít.

For this style of watch, itís all about the 36mm and as such will stand the test of time in the future as well.

Despite my advice to go with 36mm, I equally donít think that larger watches are a fad or a sudden fashion statement. I think sizes have just evolved in to larger pieces in the last decade.

But, I personally think that many people now buy larger watches to show off or make a statement. Thatís the horrendous Kardashian-esque world we live in now where everyone wants recognition from an Instagram post.

Aside from any of my suggestions. You have a 6.5Ē wrist, which is very slender.

Take a look through the comical threads here where others have posted watches that are clearly too big for their wrists.
I'm thinking the 36mm would suit me far better.
I've tried the 41mm many times in boutiques , they just make me look like I'm trying too hard to impress. The 36 doesn't.

I do love the yellow gold / steel combo but think it's versatility is lower than a plain steel.
Does anyone except any changes to the dj36 line up ?

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Old 8 August 2020, 12:18 AM   #13
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This is probably one of the oldest thread topics here.

Itís normally either;

Is the DJ36 too small?

Or

Is the DJ41 too big?

You will get as many people confirming both, as everyone has different tastes.

I have a 6.75Ē wrist.

I had a DJ2. Sold it.
I had a DJ41. Sold it.
I now own a DJ36 and it is just right.

36 is the iconic, classic, size.
41 is a modern iteration, but itís size is on par, if not bigger than some of the sports models, which i personally find weird.

My favourite analogy would be a two-seater sports car being made larger than a 4x4. Itís just a little odd.

Itís a three hand model thatís design is meant to be a little smaller. Not only that but to me, when you hold up a 36 next to a 41, the way the watch, case, and general layout, looks far better on the DJ36.

I have sports models up to 41mm. My Sub C looks perfect on my wrist, however I felt the DJ41 didnít.

For this style of watch, itís all about the 36mm and as such will stand the test of time in the future as well.

Despite my advice to go with 36mm, I equally donít think that larger watches are a fad or a sudden fashion statement. I think sizes have just evolved in to larger pieces in the last decade.

But, I personally think that many people now buy larger watches to show off or make a statement. Thatís the horrendous Kardashian-esque world we live in now where everyone wants recognition from an Instagram post.

Aside from any of my suggestions. You have a 6.5Ē wrist, which is very slender.

Take a look through the comical threads here where others have posted watches that are clearly too big for their wrists.
I agree 100%.
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Old 8 August 2020, 12:47 AM   #14
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Is the datejust 36mm to small ?

No way a 36mm watch can look good and masculin on any wrist bigger than 6,5Ē. Vintage or not.
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Old 8 August 2020, 03:17 AM   #15
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No way a 36mm watch can look good and masculin on any wrist bigger than 6,5Ē. Vintage or not.

I completely agree. Anything over 6.5Ē and you need at least 50mm.
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Old 8 August 2020, 03:27 AM   #16
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Old 8 August 2020, 03:30 AM   #17
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Or 100mm :-)

Nope. Thatís would be just silly.
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Old 8 August 2020, 05:47 AM   #18
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I came here for the photos but didn't find any!

I am looking at purchasing a 36mm and believe it is a classic size that remains timeless.

Unfortunately, I don't have any 36mm watches to post. Any wristshots out there?
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Old 8 August 2020, 05:55 AM   #19
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Old 8 August 2020, 02:22 PM   #20
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Thanks! Love the sunburst dial.

I always find Rolex 36mm wears bigger than I think in photos! Maybe it's the lug-to-lug or the width of the lugs.

Great size anyway.
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Old 10 August 2020, 02:58 AM   #21
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I completely agree. Anything over 6.5Ē and you need at least 50mm.
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Old 10 August 2020, 03:19 AM   #22
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This is the only one I have on my phone and itís from the last time I was on an airplane, which feels like a lifetime ago ;(

But yeah I find the 36mm a nice, understated size, which I like and fits my 6.75-7Ē wrist nicely imo. It sounds like you know what you want and Iíd echo others that said itís personal preference and itís not a ďbad investmentĒ if this is what suits you well and what youíll enjoy wearing.

If the question was ďwhat watches are the best investmentsĒ then thatís a different conversation. But even then, I certainly wouldnít call 36mm watches worse investments than 41mm, thatís just not how it works.
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Itís all about personal taste. Iíve had a few but always felt they were too small and underwhelming. The best way is to go and try them on.
100% this do not buy blind. While I love the 36mm it definitely looks small on my wrist so YMMV
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Old 11 August 2020, 04:10 PM   #24
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I had a dj36 and I’m only 5 foot 8 inches with average sized wrists but it looked too small on me, it looked more feminine. I ended up adding a after market diamond bezel and it added much needed “girth” to it. I recently sold it and tried on datejust 41 and was fearing it would be huge but I was surprised that it fit perfect! Wasn’t too big and definitely looked like a man’s watch and not my girlfriends time peice.
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36 is great!

To be honest I have gone back and forth on this topic for many years. I have an 8.5" wrist so naturally I have gravitated towards larger watches: DSSD, 45mm PO etc... . I have tried several models of the DJ41, DJ11 etc... and I still like the proportions of the classic 36 DJ on my larger wrist. Cant go wrong with either though; best of luck!
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If you are used to wearing larger watches say 40mm-42mm then yes a 36mm DJ would appear small but once you get accustomed to a 36mm it won't look small any longer.
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Hi all.

I'm seeking 2 watches but 1 is a datejust.

My wrist size is 6.5cm across ,
Is the 36mm too small moving forward ?
I love the look of 90's datejusts.
Is this a good idea / investment or with larger sizes being the modern thing is a 36mm a bad idea. I feel the 41mm is beautiful but looks too much and feels a little big.
I like the feel and look of the 36mm but worry I'm not investing right ?
Thoughts ?
Your wrist size is perfect for a 36mm.
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Is the datejust 36mm to small?

Go try on a 36mm and 40mm at your local AD and you will know.
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Old 20 August 2020, 01:16 AM   #29
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Is the datejust 36mm to small ?

Thought I would share this.

6.80Ē wrist with a DJ36 116200.

Iíd be curious to hear if anyone here thinks this looks too small for my wrist.

Taken earlier on just today.

With a 6.5Ē wrist, it will take up even more space on your wrist.

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Great size. I wore one for 33 years. Never seemed too small.
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