Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17000 Stainless Steel Vintage 1978 Mens Watch...36mm
When they were introduced,... Read More
Product DetailIn 1977, after five years of design, development, and testing, Rolex introduced their first completely in-house quartz movements (the 5035 and 5055) and the Datejust (5035) and Day-Date (5055) Oysterquartz models that would house them.
When they were introduced, the 5035 and 5055 quartz modules were marvels of technology as well as fit and finish. These 11 jewel movements utilized the latest CMOS circuitry, a 32khz oscillator, and analog thermo compensation. In addition, they were finished to even higher standards than Rolex's mechanical movements. It is no exaggeration to say that even today, no quartz movement produced by any watch company can compare to the 5035/5055 from the standpoint of sheer beauty.
For 25 years Rolex produced the Oysterquartz in Datejust models (17000 stainless steel, 17013 steel/YG, 17014 steel/WG), and Day-Date models in all gold (19018 YG, 19019 WG). Special models of the Oysterquartz were also produced with jeweled dials, bezels, and bracelets.
It has been estimated that in all less than 25,000 Oysterquartz watches were ever produced.
ROLEX OYSTERQUARTZ DESIGN POINT #1
The design of the Oysterquartz deviated from the Rolex classic look and featured a Gerald Genta designed case and bracelet. Gerald Genta got this watch every bit as right as he did the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Nautilus.
Pure 70s, the look fell from favor during the popular return to automatic in the late 1980s but has aged superbly. The Oysterquartz’s broad shoulders makes the watch look larger on the wrist than it is, and given larger watches are in vogue, it would make perfect sense for a 1970s Oysterquartz to look fresh today.
ROLEX OYSTERQUARTZ DESIGN POINT #2
Rolex Datejusts on a Jubilee or Oyster bracelet are very easily recognized. An Oysterquartz is instantly recognized by its unique look.
Model: Oysterquartz Datejust
Serial #: 5570603
Year of Production: 1978
Reference #: 17000
Gender: Men or Women
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 36mm, not including crown
Crown: Signed crown sets time and date as intended
Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Specifications: Signed bracelet will fit a wrist up to 7.5" ~ no extra links
Dial Color: Silver
Dial Condition: Clean signed dial
Winding Mechanism: Original quartz (battery operated) movement runs strong and accurate ~ patented instantaneous shutter-like date change near midnight ~ has the quick-set date feature ~ open 6's and 9's on the date wheel
Crystal: Clean sapphire crystal
Box/Papers: Comes with genuine Rolex box, tags, and cleaning cloth - no papers ~ authenticity is guaranteed
Overall Condition: "excellent" condition ~ signed clean silver dial ~ quartz movement runs strong & accurate ~ signed crown sets time and date as intended ~ clean sapphire crystal ~ all functions working properly ~ surface scratches on case and bezel from over 40 years of normal use can be polished out ~ no damage ~ all of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed ~ "stunning"
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