Rolex Stainless Steel Datejust Oyster Quartz ref 17000 serial # 6.5 million circa 1980. Featuring a 36mm diameter large angular design case with fluted bezel. Original walnut burrowed dial with applied gold indexes and gilt baton hands. Dial signed Rolex OysterQuartz Day-Date. Powered by Rolex calibre 5035 quartz movement with Spanish language day disk. With integral 18K YG flat link oyster quartz bracelet with deployment clasp.
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 futuristic and moderne motif design larger 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. This variation on the classic Presidential Day Date features a great looking original dark walnut burrowed dial. With it’s larger and more geometric design, it is a popular variation and popular alternative to the traditional Presidential model. Will fit a 7 inch wrist. Additional links may be possible.