1979 Rolex Datejust Tiger Eye Ref. 16018 (with papers)
Momentum by AIX Tempora, Ltd.
ICD Brookfield Place, Al Mustaqbal St, DIFC, POBox 506645
United Arab Emirates
Eye of the Tiger - Rolex hasn't left a stone unturned when it comes to the selection of the materials for their dials. One kind of dial which is used since the early 1970s are Stone dials. These come in a wide spectrum including Lapis, Onyx, Coral, Malachite, Ferrite, Tiger Eye and many many more. The process involves precise cutting, finishing and polishing of the dials and given a high fragility many dials were destroyed even during production. Some stone dials were made for both, white and yellow gold, some only for one of the metals. The Tiger Eye dial was exclusively made for yellow gold examples. This was due to the color hues they came in which included brown and gold tones. No two dials are the same. We have here a brilliant and early example of a Tiger Eye Datejust reference 16018 from 1979. The dominant hues of this dial is golden with a dark brown portion on the top of the dial. The surface almost looks like a silkly finish, Tiger Eye dials are very mesmerizing. The 'stripes' on the dial almost look like they melted together. The Tiger Eye dial is also a dial which is often paired with a brown leather strap to pronounce the dial colors. This beautiful 18K head is fitted with a glossy dark brown Lizard strap beautifully complementing the colors on the dial. last but not least this watch comes with the original Warranty certificate.
|Case||Excellent 18K case that seems to be unpolished and is only showing light wear from age. The lugs remain strong and show beautiful factory finishing. The bezel is equally mint and does not show any major wear. Case numbers are crisp and fully intact.|
|Bracelet / Strap||Camille Fournet Lizard strap with orig. gold plated Rolex pin buckle.|
|Dial||Excellent and original Tiger Eye dial with matching hands|
|Papers||Orig. Warranty, booklets, calendar and hang tags
Released in 1945 to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary, the Datejust was the first automatic chronometer wristwatch to indicate the date through a window on the dial. The Datejust is characterized by its date window under the ‘cyclops’ window. Iconic vintage Datejusts were made in 36mm case diameter, with a range of steel and precious metal versions.