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The Rolex Datejust is a classic example of Rolex's commitment to subtle refinement. With perfect proportions and a dial that's elegant in its simplicity, the Datejust is a horological icon. First released in 1945--the 40th "jubilee" of the founding of Rolex--and in continuous production for decades, the Datejust is Rolex's most prolific and most enduring model.
That first Datejust of 1945, reference 4467, was available only in 18k gold. At first Rolex was unsure of the success of their new model, which they named Ritedate--the first wristwatch to feature a date window. However, it was a best-seller, and has been a staple of Rolex's catalog ever since.
While the look of the Datejust has changed subtly over the years, a Datejust from today looks almost indistinguishable from a Datejust of the 1940s through 1970s, with only slight modifications that hint to a gradual progression in design. Most noticeable--yet still subtle, because this is Rolex, after all--is the addition of the "cyclops" magnifier in 1954, and has been an ever-present feature of the watch ever since. Around the same time, the Datejust gained its trademark engine-turned bezel, a harbinger of the fluted bezel of today. As with the first reference of Datejust, this reference was only available in yellow or pink gold. The Datejust was available in stainless steel for the first time 1957.
From the 1950s to the 1970s, the caliber 1500 series movements were the beating heart of the Datejust. These movements were (and remain) robust and easy to service. But in the late 1970s, Rolex replaced the redoubtable 1500s with the cal. 3035, which had the addition of a quick-set date feature.
Around this time, the ref. 16030 debuted. The ref. 16030 is the successor to the earlier ref. 1603. Similar to its father reference in all but number, the 16030 is a classic Datejust, a worthy successor to its predecessors. For a collector who desires the look of a Datejust but wants the added convenience of a quick set date, the ref. 16030 is your best bet.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 16030. Rolex self-winding movement with quick-set date. Circa 1980s.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel Oyster case is in very good condition over all, with sharp lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Case shows minimal signs of use and wear in keeping with its age, including some light scratches on the lugs and on the side of the case near 9 o'clock. Dial is in excellent condition with no major blemishes or signs of hand drag. Luminescent elements on the hour markers and hands have gained a fine even patina. Signed crown; unsigned case back has minimal signs of wear but is in otherwise very good condition.
Includes one 62510H Rolex jubilee bracelet with 555 end links and signed clasp. Bracelet is in good condition overall with some light scuffing on the clasp.