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18k Yellow gold
Original box & papers
Rolex Datejust 18k Ref. 16018 Full set
So you are looking for a Rolex Datejust but you want something rare? Here it is!
The Datejust switched from four-digit references to five digits in 1978, gaining a quickset date and losing a pie-pan dial. This is an early example from 1979 with the rare reference 16018, indicating a full 18k yellow gold case.
But hold on, a president bracelet on a Datejust? Yes! The 16018 case is distinct from other Datejusts in its shape where it meets the end links. This means it will fit a President bracelet and the original purchase receipt of this one confirms it was originally sold on this very bracelet.
If that is not collectible enough, how about this: it comes with the original box and papers!
Availability: In stock
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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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