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Why We Love It
It is perhaps one of the greatest injustices in horology that women's wristwatches, historically, did not get the same respect as their larger cased counterparts, resulting in far fewer executions worth collecting.
This is truly a shame, and probably one of the reasons why horologically-minded ladies have taken to wearing men's watches during the past decade. It seems that just now brands are getting the memo, and a few manufactures (notably Vacheron Constantin and Parmigiani Fleurier) have begun producing proper ladies watches again - you know, those ones that eschew faux-gold, not-so-precious stones and batteries for the real thing: mechanical, wearable art. Long overdue. Still, when it comes to vintage options for ladies, the pickings can be slim, quite the opposite from men's.
Fortunately there are things like this to soften the blow: A Lady Oyster Perpetual Date. This example features a white gold fluted bezel; a Datejust staple, allowing this watch to be worn in both casual and formal environments. Checking all of the boxes as its 36mm brothers, this piece features acrylic crystal and a lovely silver sunburst dial with its tritium lume intact.
Worn as either as an approachable dress watch or a demure daily driver - these Rolexes offer a ton of value.
Try as we might, we cannot think of another mechanical ladies timepiece that has remained in constant production for decades. Every bit as iconic as their masculine counterparts, the Lady Datejust was offered in a range of materials and nearly innumerable dial configurations since its introduction. Just like in the men's Datejust line, Rolex produced numerous expressions of the Oyster Perpetual and Oyster Precision series alongside, offering slightly more affordable options with the same basic design.
This piece, a lovely Oyster Perpetual with date function comes in the petite 24.5mm steel Oyster case with fluted gold bezel and gold crown - a classic look that is a benchmark of women's watch design. Though out of style for some time while large obnoxious fashion dangles took center stage, these petite and elegant timepieces are once again making a comeback - or perhaps just proving that they never really went out of style.
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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