*Unpolished* 1984 Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date (Ref. 19018) W/ Guarantee Paper
This Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz ref. 19018 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" 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.
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 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.
|Material||18K Yellow Gold|
|Bracelet||Rolex 18K Yellow Gold Oysterquartz President Bracelet|
This unpolished 18k yellow gold Oysterquartz case is something to behold, the factory lines are untouched and razor sharp with the horizontal finishing remaining extremely crisp. The 18k yellow gold fluted bezel is unpolished as well with almost no signs of use. The Oysterquartz President bracelet is stunning and like the case, untouched, showing little signs of use and no stretch at all.
The champagne sunburst dial remains in excellent and clean condition. The tritium lume plots have achieved a wonderful vibrant orange patina, remaining full and round without degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.
The watch comes with its original guarantee papers. The watch running within spec and functions flawlessly, previous service history is unknown.