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Why We Love It
There are certain watch designs that have become, for lack of a better word, timeless.
The Rolex Datejust, introduced in 1945, has been worn by presidents and luminaries, and there's a good reason why. Its beauty and elegance is regarded as a horological classic, its relentless timekeeping unparalleled, and its versatility makes it at home in both casual and luxury environments.
This particular Datejust, Ref. 16014, dates from approximately 1985 and features a classic 36mm Oyster case, silver sunburst dial and a crisp machine-turned steel bezel. It also comes with Tritium luminescent material and a quickset date feature making it a perfect neo-vintage model combining vintage looks and modern functionality.
In absolutely spectacular condition, this example features an unpolished case, flawless dial with beautiful puffy lume and comes complete with box and papers.
An incredible complete example of a simply stunning vintage Datejust.
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 too how true style never dies.
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Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 16014. Rolex Automatic Winding Movement. Circa 1985.
Overall Condition: The case is in outstanding condition overall, with crisp and extremely sharp lugs, showing only very light wear. Luminous Silver sunburst dial is extremely crisp and shows light even patination to the luminescent indices, with only very minor lume drop at 3:00. Luminous baton hands with matching patination. Rolex signed crown.
Includes one 20mm stainless steel Jubilee Bracelet (62510H/555) with signed clasp.
Also includes inner and outer boxes, COSC hangtag, cleaning cloth, and completed papers with redacted customer information from Porcello Jewelers in Renton, WA.
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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