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Why We Love It
Precious metal Datejusts with factory stone dials are truly special pieces.
Built in very small numbers so as not to compete with its "Big Brother" Day-Date, solid gold 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 finding one with a special factory dial such as this outstanding black Onyx stone example makes for a particularly good day!
This watch, a Reference 16018, dates to circa 1980 and features a dial that is nothing short of breathtaking in its austerity. The depths of its solid stone dial are mesmerizing, and the combination of fluted bezel and hidden-clasp Jubilee bracelet makes it a truly impressive specimen worthy of top-tier collections.
Featuring a strong case, magnified sapphire crystal, and quickset movement, this is a truly rare piece that doesn't come around all that often - we'll be lucky to land but a handful in our career.
Run -- don't walk -- to make it yours!
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 Quickset movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 16018. Circa 1980.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing minimal wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous Onyx stone dial is in excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes solid link 18k yellow gold Jubilee Bracelet (8366/49) with signed hidden 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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