Rolex Datejust 16030Rolex Datejust 16030

Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030 Boiler Gauge

The term “Boiler Gauge” is often used in watch collecting circles to describe a specific style of dial found on vintage Rolex watches. The name “Boiler Gauge” originates from the resemblance of the watch dial to the circular pressure gauges commonly found on the front panels of (industrial) boilers.

In the case of this Datejust, the dial has undergone a transformation over time, shifting from its original white color to a unique panna cotta hue, reminiscent of the creamy Italian dessert. This transformation adds to the allure of the watch, making it even more distinctive and desirable among collectors.

Furthermore, the dial features stylized Arabic markers that draw inspiration from the elegant designs associated with Breguet timepieces. These markers, combined with the sleek railtrack encircling the dial’s center, contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of the watch.

Dating back to 1985 and accompanied by its original papers, this particular piece is noted for its flat dial and quickset-date caliber, characteristics typically found in five-digit Datejust models from that era. Such details enhance the historical significance and collectibility of the watch, making it a prized find for enthusiasts of vintage Rolex timepieces.

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Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 16030
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1985
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Original papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Vanilla

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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36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Original papers