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Why We Love It
If you could only have one watch, it would be hard to argue against that one being a vintage Rolex Datejust.
This 36mm Two-Tone Datejust Reference 16013 features an 18K yellow gold bezel, crown, and Jubilee bracelet accented by steel elements and a very rare blue gradient 'Boiler Guage' Arabic dial with tritium luminous plots that shifts from blue to black in different lighting. Dating from the circa 1984 it also features a Quickset date mechanism.
Datejusts are prevalent - but very few feature this unusual dial configuration, a rare and eye-catching beauty!
We've said it over and over again - the Datejust may just be the perfect watch.
Coupling perfect proportions, simple dial layouts, and robust movements, Rolex's most prolific model is an icon of timekeeping that has been in continuous production for decades. Moreover, the Datejust is all the watch that just about any of us really need.
The beauty of the Datejust is that it is the ultimate do-anything, go-anywhere watch. Equal parts sporty and dressy, the Datejust wears just as well with jeans as it does with a suit, and thanks to the signature Oyster case and tough-as-nails movement, it’s ready for anything that you can throw at it.
In production continuously since 1945, the original Datejust was the world's first wristwatch to incorporate a date disc and aperture at the 3:00 position. The cyclops magnifier over the date window was introduced in 1954, and as we all know has became a signature Rolex design cue.
Since then, date windows at 3:00 have become commonplace, and the Rolex cyclops magnifier bubble has become a hallmark of the brand. Datejusts have proudly been worn by presidents, athletes and movie stars (and probably your grandfather), in a testament to how timeless and versatile the watch truly is.
Where so many watches can be a little too big here, or a little too small there, the Datejust is just right, embracing the wrist with its thin and tapering 36mm case. And while recent horological trends have favored large wristwatches, the age of the giant watch is behind us (thankfully), making more reasonably sized watches, like the original Datejust, a pleasantly stylish option that fits the bill.
There's a magic to the Datejust's simple design, a timelessness that speaks to how true style never dies.
Stainless steel and 18K yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding Quickset movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 16013. Circa 1984.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing light wear consistent with age and use. Luminous blue gradient dial is in excellent condition with applied Arabic indises and richly patinated luminous plots with matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes solid link two-tone Jubilee bracelet (62510H-18/455) with signed blade clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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