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Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030
Introducing a timepiece that transports you back to the vibrant eighties, an era of soaring stocks and iconic mullets.
While the Rolex Datejust remains a timeless classic, certain configurations evoke a distinct sense of that specific era. The black dial, in particular, carries an undeniable connection to the eighties. With the gold steel markers and white accents.
However, fear not! Wearing this Rollie won’t transform you into Gordon Gecko. Unless, of course, you pair it with a white collar, striped dress shirt, and suspenders! As with any black-dialed Datejust on a jubilee bracelet, this watch exudes remarkable versatility. Dress it down with a casual T-shirt and jeans, or dress it up with your favorite power suit. It effortlessly adapts to any style, always finding its rightful place.
Embrace the nostalgia and flexibility of this timepiece that encapsulates the essence of the eighties. While it may evoke a sense of a bygone era, it seamlessly blends with the contemporary world. Wear it with confidence, knowing that it complements any outfit and occasion, allowing you to express your unique style while paying homage to the past.
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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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