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Steel & gold
Rolex Datejust Ref. 16013
Have a look at this two-tone Rolex Datejust Ref. 16013 with the highly sought-after blue dial.
The blue dial is one of the most requested Datejust options in our store. And this one is particularly attractive. The sunburst on this blue dial is so faint, that it almost looks like a matte dial. And that works very well with the bicolor layout of the case and bracelet.
Of course this Datejust from ca. 1980 comes with all the typical five-digit reference features, such as a flat dial and a quickset date function.
If you are after a two-tone Rolex Datejust with blue dial, we modestly advice you not to hesitate too long. These tend not to last in our boutique for very long!
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The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic watch designs ever made. We try not to use the term “iconic” too liberally, but it is surely justified here. Launched back in 1945 as the Ref. 4467, the design has been only marginally updated every now and then. And it has looked fresh and current ever since.
When it comes to vintage, two generations of Datejust are particularly popular; the Ref. 16xx and the later five-digit references. The 16xx models were made from the fifties until roughly 1978 and feature a beautifully dimensional pie-pan dial. Many of these came on folded jubilee bracelets and they did not yet feature a quickset date.
When the reference was updated to five digits around 1978, the pie-pan dial was replaced by a flat dial. The caliber was updated to now feature a quickset date. A decade later, in 1988, a new update saw the introduction of a sapphire crystal. For us, this is where vintage Datejust becomes modern Datejust.
Countless variations can be found. Different bezels, bracelets, dial colors, sizes and materials. The Datejust is one of the most beloved and versatile watches around. If you are looking for a one-watch-collection, that works equally well with shorts as it does with a three-piece suit, the Datejust is probably a pretty safe bet!
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