Released to celebrate Rolex's 40th anniversary in 1945, the Rolex Datejust has become one of the Genevan Giant's most iconic watches. The world's first wristwatch to display the date via an aperture on the dial, the Datejust revolutionized wristwatch design for decades to follow. With its emblematic Cyclops lens, jubilee bracelet (designed specifically for the model in 1945), and classy fluted precious metal bezel, the Datejust's aesthetic has always been that of pure elegance and class. Perhaps one of Rolex's most recognizable designs, the Datejust has evolved from its dressier roots into a perfectly capable timepiece rivaling the robustness of most brand's sports watches. Featuring a stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and caseback, the Datejust packs an impressive 100m of water resistance alongside its consistently capable movements and construction that have enabled it to become one of the best-equipped watches for daily wear and tear. Available with several different dial options, in a multitude of materials, and across many styles, the Datejust is an inescapable reflection of its owner, with a model out there to suit pretty much everybody's tastes and preferences.
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Est. value range
$4,000 – $6,000
The watch is in overall very good condition. Case is in very good condition, with well porportioned lugs and a sharp 18k gold bezel. There is moderate porosity in the caseback edge as evidenced in the images. Caseback screws on without issue. Blue "Buckley Dial" is in excellent shape with nice lume plots and matching white hands. Light oxidation around date window, center hole and around the lume plots. There are 19 links on the band, with one being removable. There is light stretch.
A milestone Datejust variant, the Buckley ref. 16014 that we have here is a splendid example of fine Rolex watchmaking with its elegant styling, luxurious materials, and industry-leading mechanics for its time.