Rolex Datejust

Rolex Datejust

Why We Love It

"We invented this for hunting treasure at 660ft under the sea, we invented this to track the speed of a 7-litre sports racer. This one has a little bit of both, and a substantial character of its own"  - Rolex DateJust Advertisement 1962

While it has the famous Rolex oyster-case, keeping its mechanical perpetual movement safe from water, and yet the slimness and size of Rolex's sport models, the greatest strength of the DateJust is its variety.

Produced in numerous metals, dial configurations, and bracelet options, there is a DateJust for everyone. 

This one features a stunning black dial with all its tritium lume in tact, and an engine turned bezel to make it pop on the wrist. What might be best though, is what you can't see.

Two words: quickset date. 

How's that for vintage charm with modern sensibility? Another reason we love this ref. 16030. It straddles the line between a sports watch and a dress watch, and in an age when seemingly everything has a specific purposes isn't it nice to have a utility player in your bullpen?

The Story

Throughout Rolex's century of existence, the manufacture has produced an arsenal of classic designs that have essentially remained unchanged throughout the years. Though small cosmetic differences may arise (such as the addition of a date window, or changing the color of the dial), a Rolex still looks like a Rolex. Because with Rolex, it's not about innovation, but about refinement. 

The Rolex Datejust is an example of that ethos of continuity brought to life. 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 the decades since, the Datejust is Rolex's most prolific and enduring model.

To be fair, the look of the Datejust has changed subtly over the years, but in material more than in form. Upon its release, the Datejust was available only in precious metals. But by the mid-1950s it was made in stainless steel. 

The Datejust is the ultimate go-anywhere, do-anything watch. On a steel bracelet (we prefer the classic Jubilee bracelet, featured here) it exudes elegance; on leather, refinement; and on nylon, a kind of toughness that only Rolex can have. It inhabits a space somewhere between sporty and dressy, suitable to every occasion. 


SKU: AS02778

Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Reference 16030. Circa 1985.

Overall Condition: The watch is in very good overall with signs of wear to the bezel and case consistent with age and use. Black luminous dial is in excellent condition with a light even patina to in-tact hour plots; datewheel with open 6s and 9s. Rolex Tritium baton hands show some slight oxidation. Rolex screw case back and signed crown.

Includes Rolex Reference 62510H/555 d-link Jubilee bracelet.

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