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Rolex Datejust ref 17000 Oyster Quartz Mk 1 circa 1978

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Rolex stainless steel Datejust Oyster Quartz ref 17000 serial # 5.6 million circa 1978. Featuring a 36mm diameter case with smooth bezel, sapphire crystal, and original MK 1 silver dial signed Oysterquartz case serial #5.6 million with applied silver indexes and silver baton hands. Powered by calibre 5035 Rolex made quartz movement. On Rolex stainless steel integral flat link oyster quartz bracelet with deployment clasp and period correct B clasp code. With a very clean original matte silver dial free of damage and with original nicely patina’d tritium lume plots and non corroded original silver baton tritium lume hands.

This is the desirable and arguably most collectible first generation Oyster quartz model, with Mk 1 dial as indicated by the Rolex Datejust “Oysterquartz” dial designation versus the later Rolex Datejust Oysterquartz “Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified.” In very sharp possibly unpolished condition showing only fine surface abrasions from use. In excellent operating condition and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

Provenance of a distinguished Rolex collector who wore this watch for years and who relucantly sold it to us. We promised we would see to it that his pride and joy went to a good home!

Your purchase includes our signature fine Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 value!

Background on the Rolex Oysterquartz:  The Oyster Quartz movement was introduced by Rolex during the “quartz revolution” of the late 1970’s to compete with the burgeoning Japanese market in quartz movements. Rolex produced their own high quality movement, and outfitted the watch in a much more modernist design and more geometric formed Oyster case. The OysterQuartz was produced in the Datejust version in steel and steel and gold combo, and in white gold or yellow gold in the DayDate version. With its larger and more geometric design, the Oysterquartz case and bracelet design has become a very popular alternative to the traditional rounded design Datejust model.

 

 

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
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