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Rolex Datejust Ref. 16014 Blue
A Rolex Datejust variant that is extremely sought-after: the blue dial!
This Ref. 16014 Datejust features, as the reference implies, a quickset caliber and a white gold fluted bezel. But you probably already know that. You are probably on this page because of the dial!
Blue dials are quite a lot rarer than the familiar silver dials. Combined with the fact that they are extremely beloved, these Datejust versions are becoming harder and harder to find.
Interestingly, the blue-lacquered dials are a little more sensitive to radiation-burn from Tritium. As you can see, the lume plots have eaten into the blue a little bit. A very common sight on original blue dials.
If you are on the lookout for a blue Rolex Datejust, this could be 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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