I’m a major aficionado of treated steel watches with incorporated wristbands. The Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust with reference 17000 has a place with these watches.

Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust – 52Mondayz, week #25

The regular suspects in this field are obviously the Patek Philippe Nautilus, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo, the Vacheron Constantin 222, the first IWC Ingenieur (SL1832) and recently the Girard-Perregaux Laureato. Anyway the Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust absolutely fits in as well.

A little history lesson

After a model with a reevaluated quartz development in 1970, Rolex started providing the Oysterquartz watches with in-house developments at the end of the seventies. Two models opened up, the Oysterquartz Datejust and Day-Date, with individually the Rolex types 5035 and 5055.

Two types, five reference numbers

During a time interval of around 25 years Rolex created three diverse Datejust models (all steel, 17000 – steel and yellow gold, 17013 – and steel and white gold, 17014). Two DayDate models were delivered all the while, the yellow gold reference 19018 and the white gold 19019. In the main long stretches of 2000 all Oysterquartz models vanished from the Rolex catalogues.

Different wristband styles

As said, the Oysterquartz models have a coordinated arm band. Not these wristbands had the same plan however. The watch I’m wearing this week, an Oysterquartz Datejust with reference 17000 (along these lines completely in tempered steel) has an arm band which recalls marginally of an ordinary Oyster wristband. The most energetic wristband of them all.

The steel and gold models (17013 and 17014) have an arm band with more modest internal connections; they recall a greater amount of the Jubilee wristbands. At that point, the DayDate models had a wristband more in the style of a President bracelet.

Bezels and dials

As well, just the bezel of the hardened steel watch is a plain one. Any remaining bezels were fluted. Spread over all models, 7 distinctive dial tones were accessible: silver, dark, blue, white, champagne and earthy colored. Another decent thing to know is that, diverse to other Rolex Datejust and DayDate models, the reference and chronic quantities of the watch are engraved in the posterior of the watch packaging. The initial not many Oysterquartz Datejust models (from 1977) are otherwise called single dials, as they didn’t have the Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified content on there (just ‘Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust’).

Rolex calibers 5035 and 5055

The Rolex Oysterquartz developments are among the most wonderful quartz types at any point made. In addition to the fact that they have 11 bearing gems, the guideline is truth be told done by a bed fork and wheel. The specialized plan of the 5035 and 5055 types unmistakably shows that Rolex expected this development to be as workable, and keep going as long, as their mechanical movements.

Rolex Oysterquartz watches are not regularly seen worn in nature. Which I believe is a pity on the grounds that they’re entirely wearable, helpful and dependable. What’s more, they’re handily found available to be purchased; you ought to have the option to locate a fine one even beneath € 3.000,=. You ought not dismiss your head like it’s simply a basic quartz watch. Since it isn’t..


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