4 Facts About The Rolex Oysterquartz That Will Surprise You
Yes, even Rolex joined the quartz movement
Rolex might be known for their exact and solid mechanical developments, yet in the past the Swiss watchmaking company jumped aboard with the quartz fever during what is currently alluded to as the “quartz emergency” era.
In the mid 1970s and 1980s, the pattern in the watchmaking industry was towards more affordable and more exact quartz types instead of more mind boggling mechanical developments. It was alluded to as an emergency since it nearly brought down the whole Swiss watchmaking industry with most of quartz watches coming out of Japan and the United States. Despite the fact that there was inescapable dithering to join the quartz fad among Swiss watch makes at that point, there were a couple of top watch brands, including Rolex that presented their own quartz watches. Here we investigate the turn of events and advancement of the Rolex Oysterquartz.
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17013
1. The antecedent to the Oysterquartz was the Rolex Date 5100
The first Rolex quartz watch was the restricted arrangement Date 5100 fueled by the Beta 21 development. The advancement of the Beta 21 was the consequence of the joining of in excess of 20 Swiss watch brands, including Rolex, to shape the Centre Electronique Horloger whose mission was to make electronic watch developments. The Beta 21 was utilized among various Swiss watch brands to prepare their quartz watches.
Rolex Date 1500 Quartz (Image: Rolex Encyclopedia)
Rolex just created 1,000 bits of the Date 5100 and it immediately sold out. Not exclusively was the quartz development a first for Rolex, however the plan of the Date 5100 was likewise novel. Molded completely from 18k yellow gold, the Date 5100 highlighted a particular coordinated case and wristband that was viewed as truly in vogue and present day during its era.
Despite the achievement of the Date 5100, Rolex didn’t really accept that that it was to their greatest advantage to offer watches that were furnished with similar developments as such countless different companies. Consequently, they stopped to be a piece of the Centre Electronique Horloger and started the advancement of their own quartz movement.
2. It required five years to complete the Oysterquartz movement
Beginning in 1972, Rolex required five years to conceptualize, plan, create, and test their in-house quartz development. In 1977 the brand presented the 5035 quartz type for the Datejust and the 5055 quartz type for the Date-Date Oysterquartz models. The Rolex Oysterquartz developments included 11 gems and a 32khz oscillator and the in-house types were hailed as present day wonders when launched.
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17000
3. The Rolex Oysterquartz was underway for 25 years
During its 25-year fabricating run, the Rolex Oysterquartz developments were just at any point utilized in the Datejust and Day-Date models. The Oysterquartz Datejust watches were offered in stainless steel (reference 17000), Rolesor stainless steel and yellow gold (reference 17013) and Rolesor stainless steel and white gold (reference 17014). Obviously, the Day-Date President models were made full gold with a choice of yellow gold (reference 19018) and white gold (reference 19019). Rolex likewise divulged some exceptional Oysterquartz renditions with gems and intriguing plan components. Specifically noteworthy, is this Day-Date Oysterquartz ref. 19028 with pyramid configuration subtleties on the bezel, wristband, and hour-markers.
Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date 19028 “Pyramid”
4. Under 25,000 Oysterquartz watches were ever produced
Although delivered for a very long time, it’s assessed that less than 25,000 Oysterquartz models were at any point made. In the domain of Rolex fabricating, that is a low number, making the Oysterquartz an uncommon Rolex watch. 2001 was the last time that Rolex applied for accreditation from COSC for their quartz developments and certain Oysterquartz models stayed in the brand’s index until 2003.
Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date 19018
The Rolex watches that are furnished with their mechanical developments might be more pined for and acclaimed, nonetheless, the Oysterquartz addresses a verifiably critical time during the brand’s set of experiences, just as the Swiss extravagance watch industry on the loose. It outlines Rolex’s capacity to not just stay aware of the current watch drifts yet in addition shows how they take it and make it completely their own.
Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust 17013