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Steel & gold
Original box & papers
Rolex Datejust Oyster Quartz Ref. 17013 B+P
Some people think that quartz is something Rolex did on the side, but on the contrary. In 1952 they got a patent on their first quartz mechanical watch design. many patents followed.
But that fact on the side, take a look at this Rolex Datejust Oyster Quartz. Steel/gold version, with a champagne dial, the case, and bracelet razor sharp, the first owner was very proud of his icon. We love this Datejust Oyster quartz for the ruggedness of its bracelet design and its mouthwatering accuracy. The design is amazing, real seventies. And it comes with original box and papers.
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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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