Rolex first introduced the Datejust in 1945 to commemorate the company’s 40th anniversary. The Rolex Datejust first made its appearance as the reference 4467, and upon its initial release, it was only available in solid 18k yellow gold. It wasn’t until the 1950s, with the introduction of the reference 5030 and reference 5031 Datejust, that stainless steel and Rolesor (two-tone) versions became available, and the “Datejust” name started to appear on the dial.
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 1982 Rolex Datejust 16030 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, a signed screw-down crown. Polished and brushed surfaces transition with crisp lines. An engine-turned stainless steel bezel holds a bevelled flat plexiglass crystal. The striking white Buckley dial has an outer minute track with Tritium lume pips. 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 pencil 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. Fitted on its original 20mm Jubilee bracelet with Rolex folding clasp. The box it comes with is a Creation Geneve Rolex box, it’s rare to have the outer moon crater outer box. It's a step up from the usual Rolex box and was issued with the Daytona, President, Datejust, Oyster and Submariner from the late ’70s through the mid-1980s, made of wood, leather and green velvet interior with 2 slots to present the watch on with a sleeve for the paperwork on the outer box. This type of box was changed in 1990 by Rolex to have velvet cushioning instead. After 2005 they discontinued the use of wooden boxes completely.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with a Rolex box and its booklets and no papers, but has been checked against the watch register and comes with the certificate. The watch comes paired on a Rolex Jubilee bracelet with a Rolex signed clasp. The watch is from Circa. 1982 and is in worn, vintage condition as you can see from the photos. Overall, however, the watch is very good condition for its age and the dial is completely original and never touched. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.