1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
Ref: 16014

1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
1978 Rolex Datejust Grey Buckley Dial 16014 [ON HOLD]
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£3,750.00
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Specification

Reference : 16014
Movement : Automatic Rolex Cal. 3035
Age : 1971/1980
Specific Age : Circa. 1978
Case Size : 36mm
Case Thickness : 12.5mm
Lug to Lug : 44mm
Lugs :
 20mm
Condition :
 Pre-Owned
Box & Papers :
 None
Case Material : 
Stainless Steel
Warranty :
 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty
The wrist model's wrist size is 6.5inch

Points of Mention

This watch is sold as "Watch Only" and therefore comes with no original Rolex box or paperwork. The watch comes paired with its original 20mm Rolex Jubilee bracelet with a signed clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1978 and is sold in worn, vintage condition and signs of age and wear can be seen. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.


The Watch

In 1905, German-born Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis set up a company in London that imported Swiss movements which are installed in British cases and sold to jewellers who put their names on the dials. Recognising the potential for their brand, Wilsdorf created the brand name Rolex in 1908. In 1910, a Rolex became the first wristwatch to carry the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, awarded by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne, Switzerland. Demand for Rolex watches rose swiftly, and British taxes on the Swiss movements Rolex used prompted Wilsdorf to move the business to Geneva, Switzerland, in 1919. With production costs lowered, Wilsdorf quickly set out to solve the age-old problem of moisture and dust entering a watch case and damaging the movement. The Rolex watchmakers came up with a fully sealed watch case, which Wilsdorf named the Oyster, and released to an appreciative audience in 1926. In 1931, Rolex introduced the first automatic winding wristwatch, giving it the legendary name Oyster Perpetual. In 1945, they released Datejust. The Datejust was the first watch to have the date jump instantaneously at midnight. The 1950s saw a whole lot of releases such as the Air-King (1958), the Explorer (1953), the Submariner (1953), the GMT Master (1955), the Day-Date (1956), the electromagnetic field resistant Milgauss (1956), the Lady-Datejust (1957) and the first Deep Sea model (1960). Wilsdorf’s death in 1960, saw ownership of Rolex S.A. (a collection of sub-companies) passed to the Hans Wilsdorf Foundation which was founded by Wilsdorf in 1945, the mission of which is simply to sustain Rolex S.A. indefinitely.

The Buckley dial has Roman numerals printed in a particular “font” rather than the usually applied indexes, the name of the dial is derived from John Buckley, a vintage watch dealer from New York, who owns the company, Tuscany Rose. Buckley is a respected watch expert and highly respected in the Rolex world, over time these particular style dials took on his name. Our 1978 Rolex Datejust Silver Buckley Dial 16014 has a 36mm Oyster stainless steel case, the lug-to-lug length of 44mm elegantly fits your wrist with finely tapered lugs. On the right side, is a signed screw-down crown. Polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp lines, a white gold fluted bezel holds a bevelled flat plexiglass crystal. The striking grey Buckley dial has an outer minute track with Tritium lume pips with finely printed Roman numeral indexes mark the hours. At 3 o’clock a framed date window with a cyclops magnification on the crystal, making the date easily read. Slim black baton hands have Tritium lume infill along with a tapered sweeping seconds hand, an applied Rolex crown sits at 12 o’clock with text printed clearly at 6 o’clock. On the reverse, a coin edge screw-down case back, inside an Automatic Rolex Cal. 3035, 27 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original 20mm Jubilee bracelet with a Rolex folding clasp.


Personal Note

We've been fortunate to have had a few "Buckley" dial Rolex's in over the years and they always do really well, but this was our first grey-toned dial example and it has to be my favourite yet! The 36mm Datejust will always be a perfect size, in my opinion, it wears beautifully and matches perfectly with this dial, you've got yourself a real winner!