Rolex Oysterquartz

Oysterquartz History & Interesting Facts

Rolex was initially reluctant to enter the quartz watch market, but when they released the Rolex Quartz Date (Ref. 5100) in 1970, it was a huge success. The watch was so popular that the first inventory sold out almost immediately. Consumers loved the modern feel of the piece—its angular-shaped case and new sapphire crystal. Unfortunately, the excitement wore off fairly quickly, and the Rolex Quartz was discontinued in 1972. In 1977, however, Rolex introduced the Oysterquartz, in both Datejust (Ref. 17000) and Day-Date (Ref. 19018). These models improved upon the Quartz Date in terms of a slimmer case design and enhanced accuracy. The Datejust was available in stainless steel (17000), stainless steel and white gold (17014), or stainless steel and yellow gold (17013). The Day-Date came in yellow gold (19018) or white gold (19019) only. Rolex stopped producing quartz watches in 2001, and the last of the models sold out in 2003. The Oysterquartz watch is now highly valued on the collectors’ market.

Oysterquartz Watch Images

Men’s Oysterquartz Datejust Ref. 17013

Men’s Oysterquartz Datejust Ref. 17013

Rolex Oyster Quartz Datejust Ref. 17000

Rolex Oyster Quartz Datejust Ref. 17000

Oysterquartz Day-Date Ref. 19018

Oysterquartz Day-Date Ref. 19018


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Famous Wearers of Oysterquartz Watches

John Houston Rolex Oysterquartz.

John Houston wear a stainless steel Rolex Oysterquartz in this vintage Apple poster.

Peter Habeler Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust.

Peter Habeler, Mt. Everest climber, wears a Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust.

Roger Heiniger Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust

Former Rolex CEO Roger Heiniger and his Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust

Oysterquartz Prices at Auction

Rolex. A Stainless Steel Wristwatch With Date, Center Seconds And Bracelet Signed Rolex, OysterQuartz, DateJust, Ref. 17000

Sold by Antiquorum on 16-12-2011 for: $3,250 USD


Sold by Antiquorum on 13-12-2011 for: $6,264 USD

Reference Numbers

Oysterquartz Day Date

19018, 19019, 19028, 19038, 19048, 19049, 19058, 19068, 19078, 19148, 19168

Oysterquartz Datejust

17000, 17013, 17014

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