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Steel & gold
Original box & papers
Rolex Datejust Ref. 69173 “Red Vignette” Full Set
This watch is temporarily unavailable in our boutique as it is being displayed at PAN Amsterdam (hence ‘on hold’) from 14-21 November. It can be viewed and purchased at the fair. Visit www.pan.nl for more info and tickets.
Add some color to life with this beautiful Rolex Lady Datejust Ref. 69173 with diamond-set vignette dial in dark brown-ish red.
At first glance, this is a simple watch that is easy on the eye. But look closer and you will discover new details with every gaze. The yellowed tritium plots sitting safely behind the factory-set diamond markers. The gold-tone printing on the dial. The gentle fade of the dial, from stark black around the perimeter to a lively warm red in the centre. The bold-font date wheel for improved legibility.
This is a jewel as much as it is a wrist watch. It goes just as well with a gala dress as it does with a jeans jacket. All it needs is a new owner to take it on new adventures.
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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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