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Steel & gold
Rolex Datejust Ref. 6827 Midsize
Certainly, trends wield significant influence in the realm of vintage watches. Often, these trends originate within fashion brands, and the current inclination towards women favoring smaller timepieces is a prime illustration of this phenomenon.
A striking embodiment of this trend can be found in this midsize Datejust. Boasting a diameter of 31mm, it perfectly caters to those seeking a watch that’s both elegant and modern. The oyster bracelet lends a sportier touch, while the harmonious blend of 18k yellow gold and stainless steel imparts a touch of opulent refinement. The addition of black accents on the markers further enhances its allure, culminating in a timepiece that seamlessly encompasses a multitude of desirable attributes.
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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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