Rolex Datejust 16030Rolex Datejust 16030

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030

The Rolex Datejust is by far our most popular piece, selling it to a very diverse group of people. This course has its reasons. The Datejust has a great history, which a dear former colleague has written a book about, called The vintage Datejust 1945-1990, buyer‘s & collector‘s guide. We highly recommend it.

The first Datejust was introduced in 1945 (reference 4467) to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the brand and has been in their catalog ever since. Until the mid-1950 Rolex had offered the Datejust exclusively in yellow gold. This changed when Rolex introduced the reference 66xx. These references were finally offered in all white metals, making it the Datejust we all know and love today.

Since we were discussing white metal Datejusts, take a look at this stunning 16030 dating back to 1978. The combination of the engine-turned and the oyster bracelet give this watch unique qualities, making it sporty yet elegant, casual yet chic, and out there yet understated. We always say there is a Datejust for literally anyone! This watch also features a very uncommon taupe sunburst dial, just as if the watch wasn’t special enough already!

Powered by the caliber 3505, which features a very convenient quick-set function and is COSC certified. Meaning, Swiss movements that have a chronometer certification are tested by a non-profit organization Controle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC).

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Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 16030
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1978
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Taupe

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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36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only