|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
COSC Certificate, Original papers
Rolex Datejust Ref. 6520 ‘Florentine’
It is not every day that we run into a first-generation Lady Datejust. Particularly not one as special as this…
This is a Ref. 6520 from ca. 1966 in 18k yellow gold. While we are used to seeing fluted, smooth and engine-turned bezels, this is something else entirely: a Florentine finish. And it is not limited to the bezel. The lugs and the entire 18k yellow gold bracelet (original, also from 1966) are covered in the uniquely fine texture.
This beauty is in very good condition. The dial is clean and bright. The bracelet is still tight. The original Florentine finish is still intact all over the watch. Except for an over-polished clasp, this special Lady Datejust is simply mesmerizing!
Note: the bracelet can accommodate a maximum wrist circumference of 16cm’s.
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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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