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Gold / steel
Rolex Datejust Ref. 16013
Rolex is known all over the world. The company founded by Hans Wilsdorf has a rich history of making unique timepieces fully in-house.
In 1977 the house introduced the caliber 3035. It featured a quickset date, ditching the need to turn the time forward to reach the desired date. The four-digit reference changed to five digits. This Datejust is a pretty example of it. Champagne dial circled by the 18k gold fluted bezel looks like sunshine. The gold/steel combi is flawless and impeccable.
In the last 2 years, the Datejust is a model in the spotlights, iconic and becoming legendary. So if you are looking for vintage, something different, something with a story….try this one. we promise you won’t regret it!
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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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