1979 Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date (Ref. 19018) Factory Black Diamond Dial
This Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz Ref.19018 is one handsome and uniquely designed piece. 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 1970s and of the early 1980s.
It would be a mistake to think that quartz watches were an afterthought for Rolex, even despite Rolex's strong dedication to mechanical movements, Rolex began to realize that this type of product could establish itself on the market, and this was proved to be a fact in the following years to come. The Rolex Oysterquartz production range having lasted less than 3 decades makes the entire range of Rolex Oysterquartz highly sought after and extremely collectible. It has been estimated that in all less than 25,000 total Oysterquartz watches were ever produced by Rolex.
The design of the Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date is far removed from the classic Day-Date models and carries design characteristics of the period from which it hails. The angular case, an integrated presidential style bracelet is utterly unique and almost architectural in appearance. The case and integrated bracelet are unquestionably remarkable. The Rolex Cal. 5055 11 jewel quartz movement is built and finished as one would expect from Rolex and is of technical advancement but of bespoke build and finish.
In our opinion, this specific piece is for the gentleman who understands design, style and truly understands substance. This is a standout piece and makes a statement not only because of Rolex's use of solid 18k yellow gold but because it provided the wearer's wrist with a unique elegance and design that is timeless while still being forward and advanced. This would make a great addition to the collector looking for something unique and of course not commonly available
18K Yellow Gold
Black Factory Diamond Dial
Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Oysterquartz President Bracelet
CASE & BRACELET
The excellent 18K yellow gold case has been previously polished and shows very light wear. The 18K yellow gold fluted bezel remains in excellent condition. The sapphire crystal is free form any markings or blemishes. The integrated Rolex 18K yellow gold Oysterquartz president style bracelet remains in excellent condition, showing light wear with almost no stretch from use.
DIAL & HANDS
The stunning black factory diamond dial is absolutely stunning and in untouched condition. The diamond markers have been inspected for their clarity and remain original to the watch. The tritium lume plots have aged to a lovely ivory coloration and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The hands are early luminova service replacements and match the overall look and feel of the watch. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
None. The watch running within spec and functioning flawlessly, previous service history is unknown.