Let Us Review The Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Replica
The usual suspects in this field are of course the Patek Philippe Nautilus, the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Jumbo, the Vacheron Constantin 222, the original IWC Ingenieur (SL1832) and lately the Girard-Perregaux Laureato. However the Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust Replica certainly fits in as well.
After a model with an outsourced quartz movement in 1970, Rolex men's replica began supplying the Oysterquartz replica watches with in-house movements at the end of the seventies. Two models became available, the Oysterquartz Datejust and Day-Date, with respectively the Rolex calibers 5035 and 5055.
During a time span of approximately 25 years Rolex produced three different Datejust models (all steel, 17000 – steel and yellow gold, 17013 – and steel and white gold, 17014). Two DayDate models were produced simultaneously, the yellow gold reference 19018 and the white gold 19019. In the first years of 2000 all Oysterquartz models disappeared from the Rolex catalogues.
As said, the Oysterquartz models have an integrated bracelet. Not all of these bracelets had the same design though. The replica watch I’m wearing this week, an Oysterquartz Datejust with reference 17000 (thus completely in stainless steel) has a bracelet which remembers slightly of a regular Oyster bracelet. The most sporty bracelet of them all.
The steel and gold models (17013 and 17014) have a bracelet with smaller inner links; they remember more of the Jubilee bracelets. Then, the DayDate models had a bracelet more in the style of a President bracelet.
As well, only the bezel of the stainless steel replica watch is a plain one. All other bezels were fluted. Spread over all models, 7 different dial colours were available: silver, black, blue, white, champagne and brown. Another nice thing to know is that, different to other Rolex Datejust and DayDate models, the reference and serial numbers of the replica watch are engraved in the back side of the replica watch casing. The first few Oysterquartz Datejust models (from 1977) are also known as single dials, as they did not have the Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified text on there (just ‘Rolex OysterQuartz Datejust’).
The Rolex Oysterquartz movements are amongst the most beautiful quartz calibers ever made. Not only do they have 11 bearing jewels, the regulation is in fact done by a pallet fork and wheel. The technical design of the 5035 and 5055 calibers clearly shows that Rolex intended this movement to be as serviceable, and last as long, as their mechanical movements.