Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17013 18k Solid Gold/SS 1985 Mens Watch....36mm
Of all the watches that I collect and sell, this is perhaps the only firm that needs little introduction, having built its business over the last century on high quality, innovation, and style. The Rolex Watch Co. of Switzerland, founded... Read More
Product DetailOf all the watches that I collect and sell, this is perhaps the only firm that needs little introduction, having built its business over the last century on high quality, innovation, and style. The Rolex Watch Co. of Switzerland, founded by Hans Wilsdorf and his brother in law Alfred Davis, would first establish his business in England (1908) before settling in Switzerland. By 1919, Wilsdorf had established the Manufacture des Montres Rolex, at a time when the movements were crafted in Bienne and the watches were hand-finished in Geneva. On average, more than 200 technicians are involved in producing a single Rolex wristwatch, quite remarkable
I am a watch collector as well as a buyer and seller of new, pre-owned, antique, and vintage watches
I only sell genuine, authentic, watches in "Good" to "Pristine" condition
In 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.
Serial #: 8659057
Year of Production: 1985
Reference #: 17013
Gender: Men or Women
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case Diameter: 36mm, not including crown ~ because of the squared off case design, the watch plays bigger on the wrist than 36mm
Crown: Original signed crown sets the time and quickset date and screws down properly ~ *Note* in some listings, the crown is pulled out to prevent the seconds hand from moving during photo taking
Bracelet Material: 18k Solid Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel
Bracelet Specifications: Original signed bracelet 17013 will fit a wrist up to 7.5" ~ can be adjusted smaller ~ no extra links ~ has a small dent on the bracelet clasp
Dial Color: Champagne
Dial Condition: Original clean signed dial
Winding Mechanism: Original calibre 5035 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: Original scratch free sapphire crystal, however it has light chipping between 12-3 o'clock
Box/Papers: No box or papers
Overall Condition: very good condition ~ signed clean dial ~ signed swiss quartz (battery operated) movement runs strong and accurate ~ signed crown sets the time and quickset date and screws down as intended ~ sapphire crystal has light chipping between 12-3 o'clock otherwise has no scratches ~ all functions working properly ~ has surface scratches on bracelet and case from over 35 years of normal use can be buffed out ~ has a small dent on bracelet clasp ~ no damage ~ all of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed ~ stunning
This is a vintage used watch. It has lived a life before you, so you should not expect it to be new and flawless. If you want a flawless new watch, please do not buy this. If you want a piece of history in the form of a nice vintage piece, or possibly a dated inscription on the case back, then this may be right for you. Because most vintage watches being offered are between 30-70 years old, small imperfections, scratches, and wear are to be expected
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