Rolex

*Unpolished* 1984 Rolex Two-Tone Oysterquartz Datejust (Ref. 17013) Champagne Dial

$ 4,950

The Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17000 is one handsome and uniquely designed timepiece. 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".

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. This 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 less than 25,000 total Oysterquartz watches were ever produced by Rolex, which is a metric across all references.

The design of the Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust is far removed from the classic models of the 1970s and 80s and carries with it the design characteristics of the period from which it hails. The angular case and integrated Jubilee-style bracelets are utterly unique and almost architectural in appearance. The Rolex Cal. 5035 11 jewel quartz movement is built as one would expect from Rolex, of technical advancement but with a bespoke build and finish.

SPECS

Stock # RLXTTOQDJ17013
Brand Rolex
Style Oysterquartz Datejust
Model 17013
Serial 83XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel / 18K Yellow Gold
Dial Champagne
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 17000B Integrated Oysterquartz Bracelet


CASE & BRACELET

The extremely crisp and impressive geometrical case exhibits no evidence of previous polishing and retains ultra defined factory angles and finishing throughout. The case exhibits gentle signs of previous use. The 18K yellow gold fluted bezel is in excellent, very crisp condition like the case. The integrated Rolex 17013 Oysterquartz Jubilee-style  bracelet retains 12 links that display ver minimal stretch and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.

DIAL & HANDS

The original champagne sunburst dial is virtually flawless, showing no age or damage whatsoever. The tritium lume plots have achieved a lovely golden patina with no degradation present when inspected under UV light. The original tritium hands have aged to a slightly more saturated orange patina and exhibit no degradation under UV light inspection. The gold date wheel is original with "open" 6's and 9's.

ACCESSORIES 

None. The watch is keeping time perfectly and just received a new battery.