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Rolex Datejust Ref 16014
At AWCo, we love our super-rare and exotic DJ variations. But there is something about a simple, tidy Rolex Datejust with a ‘normal’ silver dial. It is…pretty much perfect? Yes. It sure is!
If you think of a vintage Datejust, chances are you will imagine a Ref. 1601 or 16014 on a Jubilee bracelet with a silver dial. It might be the most common variant, but that is for one very good reason; because it is great. These are probably the most versatile watches ever made. They are simple enough to be completely timeless, yet intricate enough to never bore you. They are built to last. They are equal parts luxurious and subtle. They are…we could go on.
Come and try this one on at Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam and never look back. You have found your watch.
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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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