1978 Rolex Two-Tone Datejust (Ref. 1630)
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, quartz timepieces were dominating the market and yes even Rolex was affected by what is now known as the "Quartz Crisis" of the late 70s and of the early 80s. These Rolex models produced in this era referred to as "Oysterquartz" and were only produced in the Oyster-Perpetual Date, Datejust, and Day-Date models. However, in this time period, Rolex still had a demand for automatic mechanical timepieces. Thus creating the crossover production of Rolex mechanical movements in the new "Oysterquartz" designed cases. This occurrence was rare from the beginning making production numbers of these timepieces extremely low, making their rarity even more so today.
The angular case design, integrated bracelet, with sapphire crystal give this watch an impeccable presence on the wrist. This watch is extremely comfortable to wear and, while still being under the radar, adds a much different stylistic flavor from the traditional design. These Datejust's are definitely rare and are always exciting to wear.
|Bracelet||Rolex 96673 Two-Tone Integrated Oysterquartz Jubilee Bracelet|
The excellent case is believed to remain unpolished showing strong factory chamfers and retaining the original case finishing with honest signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel remains unpolishes with some signs of use. The Rolex 96673 two-tone integrated Oysterquartz Jubilee bracelet is in wonderful condition that shows honest signs of use, the bracelet retains its original bevels which lines up with the case perfectly, and shows no stretch.
The champagne sunburst dial is absolutely flawless, showing no signs of aging or blemishes. The tritium lume plots have taken on a charming golden patina, under U.V. light inspection the lume plots remain full and round without degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly showing no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch was recently serviced and is running at COSC spec. The watch will come with a one year warranty on accurate timekeeping.