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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 'transitional' Reference 16018, is one of the best looking models we've ever offered. Featuring a Quickset date mechanism and sapphire crystal, this piece dates to approximately 1983. Fitted inside a nearly-flawless solid yellow gold case with crisp lugs, hallmarks, and an intact factory caseback sticker is an equally flawless champage dial with perfectly aged Tritium luminescent plots and matching handset.
This piece is way more than the sum of its parts - strap it on and you'll see what we mean!
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.
18K Yellow Gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Rolex Automatic Winding Movement. Rolex Reference 16018. Circa 1983.
Overall Condition: The case is in outstanding condition overall, showing only faint signs of light wear from age. Factory caseback sticker remains intact. Luminous gold toned dial is in excellent condition throughout with rich, creamy patination visible on the Tritium luminous indices and matching handset. Rolex signed crown.
Includes Analogshift leather strap with unsigned pin buckle.
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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