1982 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust
Brand and manufacturer - Rolex, Switzerland
- Year - 1982
- Serial # 7182149 ; model # 16013
- Movement & caliber - Automatic 3035
- Case diameter - 35mm
An automatic stainless steel and eighteen carat gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust reference 16013 model. This is perhaps one of the all time icon Rolex watches. A two-tone, coin edge bezel, Datejust with champagne dial. This watch turns up in film, advertising and on most wrists of the upwardly mobile in the 1970's and '80's. This original dial remains untouched, and in excellent condition featuring all the original Tritium lume plots in tact that have toned into a light café crème colour. The printing of the more unusual non-serif text is in black, which really stands out from the dial, and are complimented by the outer minute track with small printed Roman numerals on the hours. The classic, solid gold, baton hands also contain the original luminous material, which matches the plots perfectly, and respond the same under ultraviolet light.
The watch is powered by a Rolex, Swiss made, thirty-one jewel automatic calibre 3035 movement that powered the majority of all Rolex models since its launch in 1977, from the Datejust to the Submariner. It was upgraded to the 3135 in 1988. These later models can be identified as they do not have the earlier, characteristic, 'pie pan' style dial. This model also comes with the more ergonomic 'Quick Set' date function, and the newly designed smaller profile case, all of which were introduced in the 1970's. This case has the spring bar holes exposed from the side; a 'holes' case, which was phased out around the early 2000's. The watch is fitted to its original Rolex Jubilee stainless steel and eighteen carat gold bracelet with removable links in place, which, if needed, can be removed or added to make the bracelet fit, along with micro adjustments along the inside of the deployment buckle. The watch was made circa 1982 with serial number 718XXX. The watch is in excellent original condition with a very strong unolished case. It is excellent throughout, with only very light scratches. The jubilee bracelet is tight and clean with the deployant buckle having little wear. The bracelet gold links have taken on a beautiful patina to the gold, which is quite rare to find. This has been a very well preserved watch that has seen little use, hence this patina.
These watches are quite hard to find in this condition. If looking for one of the all time classic Rolex watches, this watch very much ticks the boxes. The watch comes with a Foundwell one year warranty against mechanical failure.