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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

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 OysterQuartz DateJust Ref. 17000

    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

  • Rolex OysterQuartz 18K Yellow Gold


    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