Datograph 39 vs 41

Jun 17, 2022,17:39 PM

I know this discussion happened many times in different forums but I’d like to compile it all in 1 place.

What’s the real difference between both generations?
1. Dial
- roman numerals vs batons
- longer chronograph track indices on the 39
- power reserve of course.
- are there any differences in the dial color/material itself?
- are there any differences in the chrono white subdials?
2. Wearability
3. Case
4. Strap/Buckle
5. Movement:
- I got to know that both watches’ date-wheel changes gradually overnight instead of an instant change at 00:00, is it true?
- Do both pushers work as smooth in both generations?

Please feel free to add from your knowledge here

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Owner of a 39mm here:

 By: darrony : June 17th, 2022-18:22
If you like Roman numerals the 39 creates the inverted triangle with the 10/2/6 while the other geometric triangle is the date window with the two sub dials. The 41mm can be argued to have a better aspect ratio or wearability since it’s wider but not thic... 

I have owned the 39mm in the past and currently have the Up/Down version....

 By: APOD : June 17th, 2022-18:40
The dial colors and details are very similar, except of course for the obvious, Roman vs Sticks, power reserve which I find useful. To me, the main difference really is the size, ratio, and wearability. I find the 41mm a better-proportioned watch and also... 

Love the Gen 1

 By: montecristo#2 : June 17th, 2022-23:58
I love the Gen 1 but I am meh on the Gen 2. I’m not a fan of the Gen 2 power reserve indicator and the dial symmetry on the Gen 1 is just better in my opinion. Also (and I may be wrong about this) but on the Gen 1 the subregisters have a golden hue that g... 

I have and like the look of the first generation as well but....

 By: TonyR : June 20th, 2022-01:33
The second generation definitely wears better. The size of the case makes the weight more evenly distributed.

I never tried to analyse the differences as watches are a passion, but

 By: Watchlover42 : June 18th, 2022-10:07
when I wear my Gen1 Dato it immediately feels perfectly right and makes me smile. With the Gen2 nothing happens.