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Offline hanz079

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Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« on: August 12, 2014, 10:24:45 AM »
Being a mechanical watch aficionado, one can't help but simply be impressed by Quartz Technology in watch movements.
This technology almost brought the Swiss watch industry down on it's knees.

This piece that I recently acquired is an awesome quartz watch.
A piece that was said to be "overengineered" and "ahead of it's time"



It's the Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz Ref:17000.



The 1st noticeable feature of the Datejust Oysterquartz is that the case and bracelet is not like the usual run of the mill Datejust.
The angular case and integrated bracelet gives away a modern feel for a watch of this age.



The integrated oyster bracelet is well made and nicely finished.
It's finished in a higher level than the usual oyster bracelet imho.
Due to the integrated nature of the bracelet, the watch wears slightly bigger than the 36mm size.



Watch have been worn on a regular basis but some of the sharp edges and beveled angles is still around.



This particular Oysterquartz of mine is a white dial with roman applied numerals.
Hands are without lume.
It plays well with the light reflections that even in low light, under certain conditions, the hands are still visible.
Personally, I would like a black dial.
Who knows? One might be available if I am patient enough.



A closer shot of the applied roman numerals.



One single line under the Rolex Crown on the erm... Crown...
Twinlock... Water resistance rated at 100m.
Movement powering this Oysterquartz is the Caliber 5035, a certified quartz chronometer.
The movement ticks at quite a high volume.
Sitting at the office with this watch when there's no one around and you can actually hear the ticks.



Checks online seems to suggest that the last known serial for the Oysterquartz is K (2001)... But guess what? This example of mine carries a Y (2002) serial.

After owning it for a couple of months, I do like the watch.
To me, it's the perfect "grab and go" watch.
It's also a piece that signify a change in the horology landscape.
Where cheap quartz watches flooded the market and some brand jumped on the bandwagon of the so called quartz revolution.
Some brands did not recover.
Those who did, came back stronger.
I personally would love for Rolex to release a more modern iteration of the Oysterquartz, reviving this awesome angular case and integrated bracelet.
It's a long shot I know but in the meantime, this Oysterquartz may very well keep me company while I dream away.
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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2014, 10:44:44 AM »
Congrats! :thumbsup:
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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2014, 12:50:35 PM »
lovely case... hv the feel of gerald genta era !

if i happen to see a 1530 or 1540, i dont think i can resist...

quartz not my target for sure, especially rolex for now

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2014, 05:43:34 PM »
Yeah really nice case. Nice grab.. :thumbsup:

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #4 on: August 13, 2014, 02:09:36 AM »
beautiful piece bro !!!  :thumbsup:

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 10:05:32 AM »
simple, elegant and understated!

Love the Genta-like design too!

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2014, 03:54:06 PM »
Gd choice bro. i am increasingly bothered to be required to constantly adjust the time for mechanical watch because i dun put them on winder. so quartz may be good option for grab and go.

Now i keep 3 watches that i often wear, and every nite have to wind them so that i could grab any one of them anytime without a need to adjust the time and date. I salute those who really "enjoy" winding manual winding watch.

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2014, 08:56:24 AM »
Gd choice bro. i am increasingly bothered to be required to constantly adjust the time for mechanical watch because i dun put them on winder. so quartz may be good option for grab and go.

Now i keep 3 watches that i often wear, and every nite have to wind them so that i could grab any one of them anytime without a need to adjust the time and date. I salute those who really "enjoy" winding manual winding watch.

time for u to buy a big PANERAI Luminor Base with 2 hands
setting time is easy.

 :thumbsup:NO DATE, NO MINUTE MARKER :thumbsup:

as easy as 123....


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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2014, 06:38:00 PM »
Gd choice bro. i am increasingly bothered to be required to constantly adjust the time for mechanical watch because i dun put them on winder. so quartz may be good option for grab and go.

Now i keep 3 watches that i often wear, and every nite have to wind them so that i could grab any one of them anytime without a need to adjust the time and date. I salute those who really "enjoy" winding manual winding watch.

time for u to buy a big PANERAI Luminor Base with 2 hands
setting time is easy.

 :thumbsup:NO DATE, NO MINUTE MARKER :thumbsup:

as easy as 123....

Hi chris u dun get me. I m tired of winding n the Base model is manual winding! Being no date just slightly reduce the trouble. :Confused:

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2017, 07:35:35 PM »
Nice and elegance look ! Good choice bro


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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2018, 02:27:09 PM »
i wish to at least able to hold this masterpiece once in my life  ;D

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2018, 05:44:38 PM »
Nice piece  :thumbsup:

Considering it is Rolex only(?) venture into quartz it should have very promising value development and feels like prices have bottomed out...

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #12 on: December 09, 2019, 06:28:41 AM »
Looks good on you 

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Re: Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz ref:17000
« Reply #13 on: December 09, 2019, 09:47:06 PM »
A really elegant timepieces that has a timeless design.....