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 thermocompensation. 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 #: 8372078
Year of Production: 1998
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 date and screws down properly
Bracelet Material: 18k Solid Yellow Gold & Stainless Steel
Bracelet Specifications: Original bracelet will fit a wrist up to 7.6" ~ no extra links
Dial Color: Champagne
Dial Condition: Original 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: Original clean sapphire crystal
Box/Papers: Comes with genuine Rolex inner box. however, it may not be original to this watch. outer box may, or may not, be genuine Rolex. genuine Rolex green felt case, blank guarantee paper, and genuine Rolex tag ~ authenticity is guaranteed
Overall Condition: "minty" condition ~ signed clean dial ~ movement runs strong & accurate ~ signed crown sets time and date smoothly ~ clean sapphire crystal ~ all functions working properly ~ no damage ~ all of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed ~ "stunning"
Please note that all pictures are taken on the macro setting. This makes even the slightest imperfections, shadows during photography, and specks of dust appear much more prominent even though they are often not visible without magnification
A careful shopper who takes the time to study the photos, reads the entire description, and asks pertinent questions is our best customer
You will be pleasantly surprised and receive many compliments when wearing your watch. There is nothing that draws attention quite like a stunning watch
All of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed. We time all watches for at least 48 hours prior to listing and 12 hours prior to shipment. If it doesn't maintain acceptable accuracy, or function properly, we won't ship it and the buyer will receive a refund
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Our goal is to provide the finest and most varied selection of vintage, classic, and collectible timepieces our customers can find on the market. We offer a variety of brands and models to satisfy any preference, price, and taste. If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, we specialize in Swiss, American, and Japanese timepieces from the 1930s to 1990s comprised of manual wind, automatic, and quartz (battery operated) watches
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