Rolex Datejust Ref. 16014
The Rolex Datejust is arguably a perfect watch design. It is a true do-it-all watch. If you are looking for any sort of fault with it however, you might argue it is a tad on the dressy side, for a do-everything go-everywhere watch.
Enter the white dial.
The crisp, white dial, reminiscent of fresh snow really boosts the sportiness of the mighty DJ. It makes it a little more contemporary and casual, as compared to your typical sunburst dials.
So if you have been worried that the Datejust might be a bit formal to your liking, this example is surely worthy of your consideration.
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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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