We like to talk about vintage replica watches a lot within the Fratello team. While the daily routine is largely focused on the most recent developments in the world of watches, the most fun for many of us lies in the world of vintage watches. It’s a world full of history, remarkable watches, incredible stories, and quirky details. It inspired us to come up with a series of articles focusing on the best watches per decade from a select group of brands. Some of them priceless, some of them still affordable. In this installment, we will take a look at the best quality copy Rolex watches from the 1970s.
In the 1960s, we witnessed developments that challenged the status quo of watch design forever. The sheer amount of watches that pushed the visual boundaries of what was known and accepted was enormous. On top of that, we also saw great technical developments with the race to produce the first automatic chronograph as the most significant of the decade. The 1970s took it to a whole new level. When it comes to watch design, the seventies can only be described one way: no holds barred! The number of extravagant watches is countless. The quest for new shapes, the introduction of explosive colors, and the introduction of the automatic chronograph movement marked a wild time in the watch industry. It was a time that gave us some of the best collectible vintage watches ever.
Rolex in the 1970s
If we focus on Rolex in the 1970s, you will find that the brand released a significant number of new models that have become classics over time. Some of them are updated versions of the icons introduced in the 1950s and 1960s, and some were completely new. As a result, picking just a small selection is hard to do. When it comes to the new versions of the models introduced in the ’50s and ’60s, we mainly saw design updates, updates in movements, and new color and material executions of the well-known icons. But during the quartz revolution, the Geneva brand also came up with their answer to the influx of quartz-powered watches. All in all, there is plenty to discover when it comes to the high quality copy Rolex watches from the 1970s, so let’s have a look.
The entry-point — Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17000 replica with steel case
Finding an affordable pick when it comes to vintage Rolex models is always a challenge. But one of the biggest introductions from Rolex in the 1970s happens to be one of the most affordable nowadays. In 1977 Rolex introduced its answer to the ongoing quartz revolution with the Swiss made copy Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust. And for people looking for something a bit more exclusive, the Rolex Oysterquartz Day-Date that came in yellow gold and white gold are great options. Especially the yellow gold Oysterquartz Day-Date ref. 19018, which can be found for a little over €10,000, which is bonkers considering this is a fully gold watch with a fully gold integrated bracelet. But as this is about the most affordable option, let’s focus our attention on the stainless steel Oysterquartz Datejust.
The Oysterquartz Datejust wasn’t Rolex’s first venture into quartz watches. Back in 1970, the Geneva brand released the Quartz Date 5100. A total of 1,000 pieces were produced. They were powered by the Beta 21 movement used by other Swiss companies like Omega and Enicar. But Rolex wanted to focus on creating its own in-house produced quartz movement.
After five years of development, the Oysterquartz Datejust was introduced. It was powered by the quartz Rolex Caliber 5035. Rolex went to great lengths to come up with something special. Both the Caliber 5035 used for the Oysterquartz Datejust and Caliber 5055 used for the Oysterquartz Day-Date were true technological marvels at the time of introduction. On top of that, Rolex used a higher standard of finishing for these movements than for its mechanical movements. It makes the Oysterquartz movements a joy to see next to being technically superior movements.
A great integrated bracelet design
When it comes to design, the Oysterquartz Datejust combines that recognizable Rolex style with the magic of an integrated bracelet. The aaa quality fake Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17000 featured a 36mm case with a polished bezel and a steel 13-link Oyster-type integrated bracelet. Along with the steel model, Rolex also introduced the steel and gold Oysterquartz Datejust ref. 17013, which featured a steel case with a yellow gold fluted bezel. In 1982, the brand added a steel version with a white gold fluted bezel with ref. 17014. The two steel and gold watches feature an integrated Jubilee-type bracelet.
As with the regular Datejust, the cheap clone Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust was available with a variety of different dial colors. As Gerard explained in his article about the Oysterquartz ref. 17000, early models from 1977 do not have the Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified on the lower part of the dial and are known as “single” dials. While finding one of those is incredibly hard, finding a later version of the stainless steel Oysterquartz Datejust is not. As the watch last available in the Rolex collection in 2001, there are plenty of options to choose from. But the real charm is buying an Oysterquartz Datejust from the seventies because it is a testament to that era. Prices for one are roughly between 4.5K and 7K. If you do not have a problem with quartz watches, this is probably your best buy. It’s really that simple.