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Rolex Datejust ‘Onyx Dial’ Ref. 16018


Pre-Owned Rolex 36mm Datejust, Onyx Dial, Jubilee Bracelet, Ref. 16018

Rolex’s Datejust is the archetype of the classic watch thanks to functions and aesthetics that never go out of fashion. Launched in 1945 for the 40th anniversary of Rolex, it was the first self winding waterproof chronometer wristwatch to display the date in a window at 3 o’clock on the dial. This Datejust reference 16018 is a dramatic watch in 18k yellow gold, with an 18k yellow gold fluted bezel. The ornate bezel is among the oldest used by Rolex, with ridges that catch the light and draw in the eye. Offered in a 36mm case with a rare Onyx dial featuring no hour indexes, only the date reference. Attached is a 18k yellow gold jubilee bracelet with a folding clasp which shows some age but is in rather good condition considering age. This Datejust makes a dramatic statement.  Introduced to the reference 16018, the caliber 3035 was the first caliber fitted to a men’s Datejust to beat at 28,800vph, which gives a smooth sweep to the watch’s seconds hand. The other big change was the introduction of the Quickset function, which meant the date numeral in the watch’s three o’clock window could be forwarded just by using the crown, pulled out to its second position. The Datejust consolidated all the major innovations that Rolex had contributed to the modern wristwatch until then, and continues to be a hallmark of Rolex.  This watch is accompanied by a Rolex Factory Service Warranty Card, (expired) which serves to assure it’s originality.

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Additional information

Band Material

18k Yellow Gold

Band Type

Jubilee Bracelet


Fluted, 18k Yellow Gold

Box and Papers

Box, Service Papers





Case Material

18k Yellow Gold

Case Size







Screw Down

Crystal Material


Dial Color

Black, Onyx




35mm – 39mm


2-Year Watchworks Guarantee

Item ID0005572
Model #16018
Model NameDatejust
Year Producedca. 1978
Serial Number565XXXX


Rolex is recognized throughout the world not only as a brand associated with luxury, but as a watch that is both luxurious and precise.  For Rolex, this hard-won and well-deserved recognition was never in doubt.  The founder, Hans Wilsdorf named the company Rolex to be pronounceable in any language, as he anticipated the acclaim his company would receive due to relentless pursuit of precision and accuracy in a wristwatch.  Soon after its founding, Rolex produced the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was followed rapidly by receipt of a certificate of precision from the Kew Observatory in Great Britain.  From those roots Rolex built a legacy of innovation.  The Oyster watch was the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch in 1926, followed by the first self-winding Perpetual rotor.  Building once again on innovation, the Datejust became the first self-winding wrist chronometer to include a date in a window on the dial.  Adventurous women and men who strive to make history have chosen Rolex for their expedition, which both perpetuates the brand’s claim to precision and dependability as well as attests to its veracity.  Hans Wilsdorf may have anticipated the acclaim Rolex would someday achieve, but even he might have been impressed with its success.