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Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17000 Stainless Steel Vintage 1978 Mens Watch...36mm

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Condition Pre-owned
Scope of delivery
Original box, no original papers
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Expected delivery
Oct 25, 2021 - Nov 2, 2021
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This dealer is from Warren, United States of America.
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Listing code B2G731
Brand Rolex
Model Datejust Oysterquartz
Reference number 17000
Movement Quartz
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Steel
Year of production 1978
Condition Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
Original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, Michigan, Warren


Movement Quartz
Movement/Caliber 5035
Number of jewels 11


Case material Steel
Case diameter 36 mm
Water resistance Not water resistant
Bezel material Steel
Crystal Sapphire crystal
Dial Silver
Dial numerals No numerals


Bracelet material Steel
Bracelet length 190 mm




Central seconds, Screw-Down Crown, Quick Set


In 1977, after five years of design, development, and testing, Rolex introduced their first completely in-house quartz movements (the 5035 and 5055) and the Datejust (5035) and Day-Date (5055) Oysterquartz models that would house them.

When they were introduced, the 5035 and 5055 quartz modules were marvels of technology as well as fit and finish. These 11 jewel movements utilized the latest CMOS circuitry, a 32khz oscillator, and analog thermo compensation. In addition, they were finished to even higher standards than Rolex's mechanical movements. It is no exaggeration to say that even today, no quartz movement produced by any watch company can compare to the 5035/5055 from the standpoint of sheer beauty.

For 25 years Rolex produced the Oysterquartz in Datejust models (17000 stainless steel, 17013 steel/YG, 17014 steel/WG), and Day-Date models in all gold (19018 YG, 19019 WG). Special models of the Oysterquartz were also produced with jeweled dials, bezels, and bracelets.

It has been estimated that in all less than 25,000 Oysterquartz watches were ever produced.


The design of the Oysterquartz deviated from the Rolex classic look and featured a Gerald Genta designed case and bracelet. Gerald Genta got this watch every bit as right as he did the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak and the Patek Nautilus.

Pure 70s, the look fell from favor during the popular return to automatic in the late 1980s but has aged superbly. The Oysterquartz’s broad shoulders makes the watch look larger on the wrist than it is, and given larger watches are in vogue, it would make perfect sense for a 1970s Oysterquartz to look fresh today.


Rolex Datejusts on a Jubilee or Oyster bracelet are very easily recognized. An Oysterquartz is instantly recognized by its unique look.


Brand: Rolex

Model: Oysterquartz Datejust

Serial #: 5570603

Year of Production: 1978

Reference #: 17000

Gender: Men or Women

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 36mm, not including crown

Crown: Signed crown sets time and date as intended

Bracelet Material: Stainless Steel

Bracelet Specifications: Signed bracelet will fit a wrist up to 7.5" ~ no extra links

Dial Color: Silver

Dial Condition: Clean signed dial

Winding Mechanism: Original quartz (battery operated) movement runs strong and accurate ~ patented instantaneous shutter-like date change near midnight ~ has the quick-set date feature ~ open 6's and 9's on the date wheel

Crystal: Clean sapphire crystal

Box/Papers: Comes with genuine Rolex box, tags, and cleaning cloth - no papers ~ authenticity is guaranteed

Overall Condition: "excellent" condition ~ signed clean silver dial ~ quartz movement runs strong & accurate ~ signed crown sets time and date as intended ~ clean sapphire crystal ~ all functions working properly ~ surface scratches on case and bezel from over 40 years of normal use can be polished out ~ no damage ~ all of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed ~ "stunning"

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