"Champagne Supernova" Tropical 1979 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 16030)

This 1979 Datejust Ref. 16030 has a jaw-dropping tropical dial that we have affectionally named the "Champagne Super Nova". Due to the insanely beautiful dial that has achieved a "supernova" like the patina that extends outward from the center of the dial in a beautiful and even fashion. Tropical dials are much like a supernova in that they rarely occur which makes each and every tropical dial something that is unique onto itself. This specific example is no exception to that rule making it not only eye-catching when worn on the wrist but also making it "piece unique" as this is the only one with this specific patina pattern known to exist. 

The Rolex Datejust ref. 16030 is a transitional reference as it retains an acrylic crystal similar to earlier vintage Datejusts, but the movement is a Rolex cal. 3035 which possesses the "Quick-Set" date function which comes in handy when needing to quickly adjust the date!

Stock # RLXDJ16030T-79
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 16030
Serial 57XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Tropical
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet Rolex 78360 Oyster Bracelet W/ 558 End Pieces



The lightly polished case remains in excellent condition retaining very thick lugs with even presence, and light signs of use. The stainless steel engine-turned bezel remains in wonderful unpolished condition. The original Rolex 78360 Oyster bracelet with 558 end pieces is in wonderful condition showing light stretch and some signs of use.


The tropical sunburst "Champagne Supernova" dial is simply incredible, the consistent color and pattern throughout the dial truly makes this a one of a kind example. The dial itself remains in exceptional condition, showing no markings or wear. The tritium lume plots have lightly aged to a charming eggshell patina, under U.V. light inspection the lume plots remain full and round with no signs of degradation. The original hands have been professionally restored to show a darker lume coloration and match the overall aesthetic of the watch nicely. The date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch just received full service and is backed by a one-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.

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