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Linen dials are cool.
There's something about the subtle texture and silky silver tone that just does it for us. ALL Datejusts are cool, but Linen dials are probably our favorite.
This particular piece, a Reference 16014, dates to about 1982, and is one of the first Datejusts to feature a quick-set date - a welcome feature for anyone who rotates their watches regularly. An early transitional piece, this example also features an acrylic crystal and beautifully patinated Tritium luminescent elements on the hands and dial, giving it a perfect vintage look that disappeared when Rolex shifted to sapphire and Super Luminova on subsequent models.
As with every Linen Dial Datejust we've ever posted, we don't expect this one to last long, so don't miss out!
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. Let’s face it, 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. One part sporty and one part 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 3 O’Clock. The cyclops magnifier over the date window was introduced in 1954, and as we all know became a signature Rolex design cue.
Since then, dates at 3 O’Clock has 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 to 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.
Steel Oyster Case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 16014. Circa 1982.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition throughout, showing no major blemishes or signs of over-polishing. Dial and handset are in fantastic condition with light even patination. Original case back and Rolex signed crown.
Includes original Jubilee Bracelet (62510H/555) and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown and Buckle.
Original crystal has a subtle divot along the edge near 3:00. Crystal can be replaced upon request.
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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