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Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030 Papers
Not all Datejusts are created equal. Here we have an absolute stunner!
For starters, the dial is quite simply perfection. A taupe-ish grey sunburst dial with white printing and beautiful custard tritium lume. It is mesmerizing at first glance and it only gets better when you look closer.
Second, the bracelet is super neat and tight. There is only the slightest hint of stretch, which is rare for a Jubilee this age.
Lastly, this beauty comes with the original papers, only adding to the desirability of this Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030.
Come quickly, winners like this do not typically last long in our store!
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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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