1978 Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust (Ref. 17000)

This Rolex Datejust is one stylish and uniquely designed piece. In the late 1970's and early 1980's Quartz timepieces were dominating the market and yes even Rolex was affected by what is now known as the "Quartz Crisis" of the late 1970's and of the early 1980's.

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 Oyster Quartz production range having lasted less than 3 decades makes the entire range of Rolex Oyster Quartz 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 Oyster Quartz Datejust is far removed from the classic Datejust models and carries design characteristics of the period from which it hails. The angular case and the integrated bracelet are utterly unique, almost architectural in appearance. The case and integrated bracelet are unquestionably remarkable. The Rolex Cal. 5035 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 providing 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

Stock # RLX78DJQZ17000
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 17000
Serial 55XXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Black
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex Oyster-Quartz Stainless Steel Bracelet 



The unpolished case retains the factory brushed finish and polished geometric case angles which are unique to this rare reference, showing little to no wear from use. The integrated bracelet also remains in beautiful condition showing almost no wear and little to no stretch.

DIAL & Hands

The glossy black dial remains perfect. The lume remains fully intact and has taken on an excellent orange patina. The original hands have aged to match the dial perfectly and show no lume loss when inspected under U.V. light.


None.  The watch was just serviced and is running at COSC spec. The watch will come complete with a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.