Rolex Datejust

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SKU AS01977
SKU AS01977

Why We Love it

Rolex and sports go hand-in-hand. Ever since Hans Wilsdorf went into business with his brother-in-law in the early 1900s, he set out to produce a watch that could be worn in every environment, from the golf course to the tennis court and beyond. He made it possible with the Rolex Oyster case, which would become the base for all Rolex sports models to come. 

It gained notoriety from its earliest days, when Mercedes Gleitze made history as the first British woman to swim across the English Channel--all while wearing a Rolex, of course.

There's a Rolex for every sport, from diving to yachting, mountaineering and even spelunking. And as far as professional sports are concerned, Rolex has developed relationships with sports as diverse as automobile racing, horse racing, and golf. But it's perhaps Rolex's association with the Wimbledon tennis championship that's the most celebrated.

Rolex first became the official sponsor of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships, better known as Wimbledon, in 1978. That year, a young Swedish player named Björn Borg was the champion on the men's side, defeating Jimmy Connors after grueling straight sets. On the women's side, the Czech-American Martina Navratilova netted the Grand Slam title--the first of nine she would win in her career.

Though at first glance not as sporty as other watches in Rolex's Oyster Perpetual line, the Datejust nevertheless has all the sturdiness that you'd need for a daily driver.

With perfect proportions and a dial that's elegant in its simplicity, the Datejust is a horological icon. First released in 1945--the 40th "jubilee" of the founding of Rolex--and in continuous production for decades, the Datejust is Rolex's most prolific and most enduring model. Released in stainless steel and precious metals alike, with an array of dial designs (even one that the collectors call "the Wimbeldon"), the Datejust is Rolex's most versatile watch.

On a steel bracelet (the classic Jubilee bracelet, featured here) it exudes elegance. On leather, it speaks of refinement; and on nylon, a kind of toughness that only Rolex can have. It inhabits a space somewhere between sporty and dressy, suitable to many occasions. 

This particular Datejust is a Reference 1603 dating from 1978--the year Rolex became the Official Timekeeper for Wimbledon. With a silver sunburst dial and stick hands, it has a classic utilitarian appearance that's bolstered by the Jubilee bracelet. It's a Grand Slam of a watch that begs to be worn every day, the perfect companion for anything life serves you. 

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Datejust

Rolex Datejust

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Rolex Datejust

Why We Love it

Rolex and sports go hand-in-hand. Ever since Hans Wilsdorf went into business with his brother-in-law in the early 1900s, he set out to produce a watch that could be worn in every environment, from the golf course to the tennis court and beyond. He made it possible with the Rolex Oyster case, which would become the base for all Rolex sports models to come. 

It gained notoriety from its earliest days, when Mercedes Gleitze made history as the first British woman to swim across the English Channel--all while wearing a Rolex, of course.

There's a Rolex for every sport, from diving to yachting, mountaineering and even spelunking. And as far as professional sports are concerned, Rolex has developed relationships with sports as diverse as automobile racing, horse racing, and golf. But it's perhaps Rolex's association with the Wimbledon tennis championship that's the most celebrated.

Rolex first became the official sponsor of the All England Lawn Tennis Championships, better known as Wimbledon, in 1978. That year, a young Swedish player named Björn Borg was the champion on the men's side, defeating Jimmy Connors after grueling straight sets. On the women's side, the Czech-American Martina Navratilova netted the Grand Slam title--the first of nine she would win in her career.

Though at first glance not as sporty as other watches in Rolex's Oyster Perpetual line, the Datejust nevertheless has all the sturdiness that you'd need for a daily driver.

With perfect proportions and a dial that's elegant in its simplicity, the Datejust is a horological icon. First released in 1945--the 40th "jubilee" of the founding of Rolex--and in continuous production for decades, the Datejust is Rolex's most prolific and most enduring model. Released in stainless steel and precious metals alike, with an array of dial designs (even one that the collectors call "the Wimbeldon"), the Datejust is Rolex's most versatile watch.

On a steel bracelet (the classic Jubilee bracelet, featured here) it exudes elegance. On leather, it speaks of refinement; and on nylon, a kind of toughness that only Rolex can have. It inhabits a space somewhere between sporty and dressy, suitable to many occasions. 

This particular Datejust is a Reference 1603 dating from 1978--the year Rolex became the Official Timekeeper for Wimbledon. With a silver sunburst dial and stick hands, it has a classic utilitarian appearance that's bolstered by the Jubilee bracelet. It's a Grand Slam of a watch that begs to be worn every day, the perfect companion for anything life serves you. 

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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