002 Rolex Stainless steel Oysterquartz, Ref. 17000 from 1978


Rolex Stainless steel Oysterquartz, Ref. 17000 from 1978



I know that for many people, the Oysterquartz, particularly the steel 17000 version is the red headed stepchild of the Rolex family but I have always believed that it is a great watch and that it is on the strongest bracelet that Rolex ever made

Model 17000 Datejust Oysterquartz, case number 5671626 dates to 1978; making this one of the first Oysterquartz watches from Rolex, as the watch was only introduced the previous year. It is (along with the automatic versions in the same case) the only Oyster ever designed to include an integral band and as such can not be worn with a leather strap. The bracelet is composed of large flat solid links and is, without doubt, the strongest bracelet ever seen on a Rolex watch (and probably on any other brand too!)

The movement is the 5350, with 11 jewels and whilst I would rarely show an image of a quartz movement, I have included on here so that you can see the quality of the construction & finishing on it. As much work goes into making one of these movements as into its mechanical relatives.

The dial is stunning & most unusual, refrigerator white enamel with applied full roman numerals and baton hands, it is a ‘dress’ dial with no luminous on either dial or hands.

The watch was serviced and the battery replaced in November last year, it has also been tested for watertightness & passed with flying colours

The case, bracelet, dial & movement are all 95+%.

Diameter 35mm; Lug to Lug 42mm; Height 12mm., and the unique integral bracelet with 12 links is still fitted.

£3,250.00 (approx. $4,750.00 US)