1979 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 16018) 18k YG "Tiger Eye"
For a short period of time in the 70s and 80s, Rolex manufactured timepieces featuring exotic materials including dials made from a variety of minerals, woods, and stones. Burlwood, Black Onyx, Tiger Eye, African Mahogany, Lapis Lazuli, and Birch were all used for dials during this time. Most commonly these watches were produced in 18K yellow gold. These variants are always strikingly vivid with high contrast and minimalist design. Because these exotic dials were only in production for a short time, they have always been highly collectible. Good examples of these original references are becoming increasingly difficult to find.
The Datejust stone dials are elusive as Rolex stone dials are most commonly seen in the Day-Date references. The tiger eye stone collaborates perfectly with the gold Datejust that creates depth on the wrist that is rarely seen in a wristwatch and loved by collectors.
|Bracelet||Rolex 18K YG Hidden Clasp Jubilee Bracelet W/ 47 End Pieces|
The 18k yellow gold case is exceptionally well preserved showing sharp factory lines and almost no signs of use. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel has been lightly polished in the past showing almost no wear. The Rolex hidden clasp Jubilee bracelet with 49 end pieces remains in excellent condition showing normal stretch for its style and age.
The tiger eye stone dial is in absolutely beautiful condition showing no cracking or signs of aging which is commonly seen on stone dials. The original solid 18k gold hands remain in excellent condition. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
The watch is running at spec but extended service history is unknown.