*Unpolished* 1979 Rolex Datejust 18K YG (Ref. 16018) "Pumpkin" Factory Champagne Diamond Dial W/ Papers
The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and beloved made by Rolex. Launched in 1945, it remains a timeless classic and is instantly recognizable as an item of superior quality and functional design. The Datejust can be worn just as easily with a suit as it can be in jeans and a t-shirt. The Datejust would make a great start for a new vintage collector and is always a great addition to an expanding collection. The Rolex Datejust ref. 16018 is a transitional reference as it retains tritium lume but features a sapphire crystal and the Rolex cal. 3035 “quick-set date” movement.
Rolex finds the perfect balance between luxury and functionality, and this outstanding 1979 Rolex Datejust ref. 16018 with a factory diamond marker dial is standing proof of that. There is always rigorous testing of approval for any materials used by Rolex, therefore only the finest materials are used to make Rolex watches. In addition to this specific example's exemplary overall condition, it is accompanied by its original guarantee paper along with a flawless diamond marker dial that has achieved a stunning "pumpkin" lume coloration.
|18K Yellow Gold
|Champagne W/ Factory Diamonds
|Rolex 18K YG 8386 Hidden-Clasp Jubilee Bracelet W/ SEL
The remarkably well-preserved and unpolished 18K yellow gold case is as crisp as can be, showing no damage and only subtle signs of previous use. The 18K yellow gold fluted bezel is also unpolished and just as crisp as the case, with minimal signs of previous use present. The unpolished case back partially retains its original factory sticker. The original 18K yellow gold Rolex hidden-clasp Jubilee bracelet retains 23 links that show almost no stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.
The original champagne sunburst dial with factory diamond markers is in flawless condition, showing no age or damage whatsoever. The diamond markers have been inspected for authenticity and are original to the watch. The tritium lume plots have achieved a vibrant orange or "pumpkin" coloration with no degradation present under U.V. light inspection. The original yellow gold tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic gold date wheel is original with "open" 6's and 9's.
None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.