The Datejust is Rolex’s top-selling model, ensuring that this piece is a tried and true example of watchmaking. But… wouldn’t it be nice to have something a little more unique? Well, with this watch, you can have your cake and eat it too, baby. It’s a Datejust, yes, but it’s exceptionally rare. That’s not steel you’re looking at – it’s white gold. And that’s no ordinary blue on the dial – it’s lapis. It’s a trusty, understatedly elegant IYKYK piece.
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust reference 6917
DATE OF BIRTH: Circa 1974
MATERIAL: 18K white gold case and jubilee bracelet; lapis dial.
SIZE: 26MM aka TEENY TINY. Generous bracelet size, adjustable through the deployant or removable links, if necessary. We can handle for you.
MOVEMENT: Powered by a Rolex, Swiss-made, twenty eight jewel automatic calibre 2130. 42 hour reserve, COSC-certified.
CONDITION: Original condition, possibly unpolished, gentle signs of natural wear without detracting from its overall state.
THE NITTY GRITTY:
The dial, with its silver printed logo, features the anomaly of being stamped "T Swiss T.” This meant the dial had Tritium luminous markers applied to the hour markers. However, being a stone dial, it features no luminous material either on the dial, or on the clean, white gold baton handset. This is not unusual, as many of the early stone dials, both for this size and the larger sizes, had the "T Swiss T" stamping at the six o'clock position. It is actually a quirk which quite interesting to the see.
This movement has powered the majority of all Rolex ladies models since its launch in 1970. It has a 42 hour power reserve and is COSC-certified for accuracy (this is why you’ll find the text "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" stamped on the lower portion of the dial).
The case, being the earlier version, has the spring bar holes exposed from the side (aka a 'holes' case). By the 1980s/90s, the ladies watches were updated to have their holes filled. Unlike its stainless steel – or two tone – counterpart, this solid white gold version is very different in its construction. It’s difficult to see from the front, but, when viewed from the side it has very beautifully, open work, oval shaped links which almost appear to have two eyes either side, where the bracelet links are pinned to each other. The deployant buckle is fully signed with the Rolex trademarks, "750" for eighteen carat gold, and the Helvetica Swiss control mark for gold.
The watch was made circa 1974 with serial number 3711XXX. The watch is in original condition, quite possibly unpolished, with wear commensurate with age – nothing to detract. This really is a rare opportunity to own a very interesting and beautifully understated piece of Rolex history. With the appearance of being a classic stainless steel version, this watch can fly under the radar of most eyes, being noticed by only the most discerning eye.
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