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Rolex Datejust Ref. 16030

This is an archetypal execution of the mighty Rolex Datejust. An engine-turned bezel, Jubilee bracelet, and silver dial form that iconic recipe we all know and love.

But this silver dial is not quite silver anymore. It has a darkness to it, as if it has been hit by heavy smoke. This is a smokey dial!

This is a prime example of one of the many attractive qualities of vintage watches; they all age in their own unique way. Some remain as new, others develop staining, spotting and/or discoloration. Our example here has developed a slight faded darkening of the top layer of varnish. It lends a hint of warmth to an otherwise very cool Datejust. And you know what? It is a very attractive aesthetic indeed!

 

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Details
Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 16030
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1984
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver
Backstory

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!

Shipping
Of course it is of the utmost importance to get your purchase to your doorstep safely. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured worldwide.
We do our best to handle packages as soon as possible. This could take a max. of 3 working days. Note that the delivery times commence the day of dispatch.
Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by destination customs clearance processes, local duties and taxes, and items that are lost in transit. 
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Brand

Rolex

Model

Reference

16030

Year of production (circa)

1984

Material

Steel

Crystal

Acrylic

Dial color

Silver

Movement

Automatic

Diameter

36 mm

Bracelet/strap:

Steel

Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only