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Auction Ended
07/27/22
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Lot #1557

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 18k White Gold

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Introduction

During the onslaught of the Japanese-led Quartz Crisis of the 70s and 80’s, Swiss watchmakers for forced to adapt to remain competitive in the market, or let themselves be swallowed up by their competition. As a way to deal with the Quartz Crisis, Rolex decided to release their own quartz timepiece in 1977, the Oysterquartz. In 1970, Rolex had released the precursor to the Oysterquartz, the Quartz Date 5100, powered by the Beta 21 movement, the result of a large-scale Swiss collaboration. While the Oysterquartz was loosely based on the ref. 5100, the Oysterquartz’ movement was in a league of its own. With 11 jewels, the latest CMOS circuitry, a 32000-hertz oscillator, and analog thermocompensation to regulate the quartz crystal, the Oysterquartz’s movement was held to just as high a standard as Rolex’s more typical mechanical movements. Besides its unusual movement, the Oysterquartz also features a unique construction in terms of its case shape and bracelet design, with an integrated bracelet attaching to a tonneau-shaped case. Additionally, the ref. 19019 is one of the most sought-after Oysterquartz variants with its Day-Date functionality, fluted bezel, hefty 18kt gold construction, and the Oysterquartz's version of the Day-Date's legendary president bracelet complete with a concealed clasp - something every Day-Date connoisseur can appreciate.

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Grade

M 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Service Papers

Est. value range

$8,000 – $12,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

36mm

Model

Day-Date Oysterquartz

Movement

Quartz cal. 5055

Reference

19019

Bracelet

18kt white gold Oysterquartz President bracelet with concealed clasp

Year

1981

Condition

Excellent

Material

18kt white gold

Included

Watch, box, booklets and 2021-dated Rolex service papers

Dial Color

Blue

THE CONSTRUCTION

Measuring 36mm in diameter, the Day-Date's Oysterquartz's integrated bracelet and tonneau-shaped case help beef up its 18kt white gold construction so that it fills the wrist with the same heft as its mechanical sibling.

THE DIAL

A stunning shade of electric blue, this Oysterquartz's dial pops against its bright 18kt white gold construction and provides a legible backdrop for its 18kt white gold hands and applied indices. Please note, the dial is a luminova service dial fitted during a service.

SERVICE GUARANTEE

Having recently been serviced by Rolex in 2021, the watch is in immaculate shape and ready to wear.

Condition

Watch is in overall excellent condition. Case exhibits sharp edges and crisp hallmarks and no visible marks or scratches. The luminova blue service dial is in mint condition and comes with a set of matching luminova hands. The bracelet has 26 links total, with 7 removable. There is minimal stretch.

Our Perspective

With an under-the-radar 18kt white gold construction and a beautiful bright blue dial, this ref. 19019 has just about everything a collector would want in an Oysterquartz, with its President bracelet and fluted bezel acting as the final cherry on top. Watch comes with boxes and service papers, as well as a Rolex dive watch kit.

Sam Hines

Managing Director

Lot # 1557

Rolex Day-Date Oysterquartz 18k White Gold

Sold

$20,105

Ended
07/27/22