Rolex Datejust 16018 'Boiler Gauge'

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This gold Datejust with a rare ‘boiler gauge’ dial surely turns up the pressure!As most people that were in the market for a precious metal Rolex opted for the Day-Date option at a slight price premium, significantly fewer such Datejusts exist. Today, the prices are still lower than your average Day-Date, making them a huge bang for your buck.This ref. 16018 from 1985 features a rare cream-colored enamel dial with 18k yellow-gold applied Arabic numerals in art deco style that are placed outside the closed minute track. The atypical placement of the numerals and minute track are reminiscent of the pressure gauges on heating systems. Hence, the nickname ‘boiler gauge’ dial.The 18k yellow-gold case measures a classic 36 mm and a sturdy sapphire crystal that ensures you don’t have to worry about scratches on the glass. The 16018 is powered by the updated caliber 3035 with a handy quickset mechanism for the date function. We’ve paired the watch with a vintage-style brown nubuck-leather strap and a gold-plated Rolex buckle.

Introduction

Rolex DatejustIn 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. This model was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date indication. With the Datejust, Rolex also introduced the iconic 5-piece jubilee bracelet, first in solid gold and later in bicolor and stainless steel. On the tenth anniversary of the Datejust in 1955, the magnifying ‘cyclops lens’ was introduced on the Datejust.Ref. 16xxxThe Datejust 16xxx (5 digits) references were introduced in the late 1970s and are easily recognizable by their flat dials (as opposed to the pie-pan dials of the 16xx series). This ‘newer’ Datejust introduced the updated calibre 3035 self-winding movement with a handy quick set date function.

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