Datejust 18K 'Buckley Dial'

Datejust 18K 'Buckley Dial'

Why We Love It

Solid gold Datejusts are pretty unusual.

Built in very small numbers so as not to compete with the "Big Brother" Day-Date, precious metal clad Datejusts have been around since they were introduced in 1945, but are very scarce on the market today. We jump whenever we find a clean one, but locating an untouched case and dial is easier said than done.

This example, has a little something extra up its sleeve.

This particular piece features the highly coveted "Buckley" dial - which is typified by the combination of Roman numerals and chapter ring. Fitted inside a nearly-flawless solid yellow gold case with crisp lugs and hallmarks is the uncommonly  beautiful matte blue dial with perfectly aged Tritium luminescent plots and matching hands.

"Regular" Datejust examples in 18k yellow gold are special to begin with. This example is taken to even greater heights by its condition and distinct dial variation.


The Story 

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 to how true style never dies. 


SKU: AS03327

18k Yellow Gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 16018. Circa 1978.

Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing only slight signs of wear from gentle use. Luminous matte blue dial is in near mint condition with roman numeral indices, tritium luminous plots and matching tritium handset. Signed crown.

Includes 18k yellow gold President Bracelet with signed blade clasp. Also includes inner box, outer leather box, hangtag sticker, calendar card, and punched chronometer papers Date 4/18/78 from Calderoni Gioelli S.PA. in Milan.

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