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Why We Love It
The Rolex Datejust is an absolute classic. You already knew that.
But what you probably didn't know is how few black dial examples we come across each year. Arguably the most desirable color, black dials in excellent condition are seldomly seen and demand is high.
Dating to 1984, this Reference 16030 features an engine turned steel bezel and a quickset date function. The case remains absolutely pristine with a personal engraving on the case back. The dial, which has seen some light moisture incursion, has developed a wildly cool 'spotted' patination akin to the hide of a stingray. Warm, puffy golden-toned tritium plots all remain intact, with matching luminous hands.
If you're looking for a unique Datejust and prefer the functionality of a quickset date, look no further!
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 case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Reference 16030. Rolex automatic-winding movement. Circa 1984.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing no signs of polishing and normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous glossy black dial shows specked patina from moisture incursion. Luminous indices show rich even patina. Luminous handset shows matching patina. Signed crown. Case back engraved "PETER BERCUT SMITH JUNE 1984".
Includes 62510H/555 solid link Jubilee bracelet with signed 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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