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Why We Love It
Few watches make a statement like a solid gold Rolex.
This anachronistic blend of technical design and functionality with a precious metal casing material is a polarizing one, and depending on how its worn (and indeed, by whom), can send very different signals - and we'll just leave it at that. Of course, if you want to avoid any possible negative stereotyping, going with a vintage model will certainly alleviate the concern!
So-called “five digit” Datejusts (reference variants with five digits) evolved from the original Oyster Perpetual Datejust line and are a quintessential staple of the Neo-Vintage era. These models showed up in the late 70s and offer the added functionality of a higher-beat movement for accuracy and a quick-set date mechanism. They retain the classic 36mm case proportion of their predecessors and have similar variation for dial, bezel, and bracelet configurations. Luminous models also retain Tritium material, offering tremendous opportunities for unique characteristics of patina.
This piece is a rarity in that it is presented in 18k as opposed to the far more common steel, 18k gold being typically reserved for the more illustrious Day-Dates in Rolex's lineup. Distinguishing it further still is the dark blue vignette dial, punctuated with diamond indices and a subtle sunburst almost reminiscent of fading dark denim. Untouched by the polishing wheel, with light oxidization and factory caseback sticker in tact, its nothing short of resplendent.
For those collectors looking to elevate their dress watch, or seek a slightly more exotic fair - look no further.
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 case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic winding movement. Reference 16018. Circa 1983.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use with no signs of prior polish and light oxidization. Luminous blue vignette diamond dial is excellent condition with applied diamond indices, lightly patinated tritium plots and matching handset. Signed crown. Factory caseback sticker intact with light signs of wear.
Includes 18k solid link president bracelet with hidden clasp(8385/55).
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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