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Why We Love It
Solid gold Datejusts are pretty unusual
Built in very small numbers so as not to compete with the "Big Brother" Day-Date, precious metal clad Datejusts have been around since they were introduced in 1945, but are very scarce on the market today. We jump whenever we find a clean one, but locating an untouched case and dial is easier said than done.
This example, a 1600/8 dating to circa 1977, is nothing short of a time capsule!
With a flawless case sporting a smooth bezel and a matching gold tone sunburst pie-pan dial with richly patinated Tritium Luminous plots, this Datejust is also amongst the very last of the "Four Digit" models, sporting an acrylic crystal and a non-quickset date movement. It is fitted to an equally mint solid link 18k Jubilee bracelet with blade clasp, giving it an outstanding wrist presence.
We've never seen nicer!
The Datejust Story
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. 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.
While recent horological trends have favored larger sporty wristwatches, the age of the giant watch is drawing to a close, making more reasonably sized watches like the original Datejust, a pleasantly stylish option that fits the bill in every setting.
There's a magic to the Datejust's simple design, a timelessness that proves that true style never dies.
18k Yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 1600/8. Circa 1977.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing only minimal wear consistent with age. Luminous sunburst gold dial is in excellent condition with evenly patinated indices and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes solid link 18k 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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