The Rolex 16014 spurs from the 1970s and 80s. It fully embodies the era with many of Rolex’s most iconic vintage design notes. It features the brand’s traditional Oyster case along with Rolex’s iconic five-link Jubilee bracelet. Buying a Rolex 16014 watch is an excellent option for those looking for a versatile and timeless Rolex model. Here, you can shop our array of exceptional used Rolex 16014 watches for sale.
For the 40th anniversary of the brand, Rolex was determined to create something totally innovative. With the Datejust, they did just that. The model marked a first for the brand and the industry at large. It was self-winding, water resistant, and featured a date window on the dial. While these characteristics seem rather commonplace today, it was the first of its kind.
The model underwent a number of modifications in that first decade to refine its design. It first garnered widespread attention with the Turn-O-Graph in 1955. This variation became the official watch of the United States Air Force Demonstration Squadron called the Thunderbirds. As a result, the model garnered the nickname Thunderbird. By the 1970s and 80s, the model had become a pop-culture icon. It appeared in countless films, like Get Carter and The Color of Money. That same era saw the debut of the Rolex 16014.
The Rolex 16014 showcases a few classic elements of the original model. One example is the traditionally sized 36mm water resistant Oyster case. Of course, the Rolex 16014 also comes equipped with the iconic five-link Jubilee bracelet from which the initial model gets its name. However, other characteristics differentiate the Rolex 16014 from earlier models. For instance, Rolex only offered the original watch in 18-karat gold. The brand continued the use of precious metals in the Rolex 16014 with the white gold fluted bezel. In contrast, the Rolex 16014 features an otherwise stainless steel construction. This material first debuted in the collection in 1957 and is representative of more modern variations of the model. Still, there are other attributes of the Rolex 16014 that make it distinctly vintage. These include an acrylic instead of sapphire crystal and tritium instead of LumiNova for the lume.
While the design changes in the model have been more subtle, the most significant advancements in the collection have been technical. Inside, the Rolex 16014 showcases a major upgrade in the form of the Caliber 3035 movement. The original model required a domed, bubbleback-style case to accommodate the date function. By 1957, Rolex was able to develop a lighter and thinner movement, the Caliber 1065. This allowed them to replace the original domed case back with a flattened case back, resulting in a slimmer profile. The introduction of the Caliber 3035 in 1977 marks another improvement in this area. This movement boasts a higher frequency of over 28,000 beats per hour as opposed to roughly 20,000 beats per hour. The result is significantly greater accuracy. In addition, the Caliber 3035 introduced Rolex’s quickset function to the collection.
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