1978 Rolex Oysterquartz Black Dial Ref. 17000
Black Magic – Offered here is a lovely example of the Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust reference 17000. The 17000 has been produced over a period of approx. 25 years starting in 1978 and was Rolex’s answer to the Quartz revolution. The Oysterquartz, in all different metals and references got a dedicated case and bracelet design so it can easily be distinguished from the traditional Oyster models. Though the case design with the geometric lines makes us think about Gerald Genta, it has not been designed by him. The watch offered here dates back to 1978 making it one of the first examples produced and bearing the 3-liner MK1 dial. The case and bracelet have just been professionally polished, the Oysterquartz is a watch which looks best when it is in farm fresh condition showing all bevels and edges, this one is looking very very sharp and crisp. The dial is magical. Over the last 43 years it has developed a beautiful Satin finish over the surface of the dial, making it really unique. The original lumes on the dial have aged to a brown color, standing out on the black dial. Overall the market for Oysterquartz models is pretty dry and there aren’t many great examples coming up. This one here is not only the first version produced but also one in great condition and the dial is just awesome.
|Case||Excellent stainless steel case that has been professionally polished and is showing sharp and crisp edges and well defined lines. The engravings on the backside of the lugs are crisp and fully intact|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent stainless steel bracelet that has been professionally polished, 13 links|
Very early black MK1 3 – liner dial with prominent white graphics. Over time the surface has developed to a very unique satin finish. The Tritium dots on the dial have developed a beautiful brown patina, the hands seem to have been relumed a long time ago, the color is matching.