Rolex Datejust 69173 Two Tone Blue Dial Ladies Watch
Rolex Datejust History – a simple, yet elegant watch
||Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
||18kt Yellow Gold Fluted
||Blue Dial with Diamond Hour Markers (factory original)
||18kt Yellow Gold and Stainless Steel Bracelet
||Will fit a 5.5" wrist
|Box and Papers
||Comes with Original Box and Papers and 1 Year Warranty Card
In 1945, Rolex introduced the Datejust, which was the first wristwatch with a date function. The original Datejust was released under model 4467 with only 18 karat gold as its material. Some of the features of the 4467 included a fine coin-edged bezel, a gold-edged date window, alternating black and red date figures, and a domed back. In 1954 Rolex made some significant changes to this flagship model. The biggest change was the Cyclops lens, which made it much easier to read the date. In 1957, the Datejust was equipped with a 1065 movement, which was much lighter and slicker looking. Stainless steel also became an available option as a material during the same year.
Some additional changes that quickly followed included a newer flatter dial and a newer caliber 3085 movement. The new movement allowed the wearer to change the date much quicker. Additionally, it was now possible to change the date to the 1st
without having to change the time. In the 1950s, a manual Oysterdate was introduced that came in two different sizes – one in the size of the Air-King and the other slightly larger than the bubbleback. A decade later, the production of the smaller version ceased, which left a void between the lady’s size and the current Datejust. As a result, Rolex introduced the newer 2030 movement in its watches, which came to be known as “midsize” watches. They were available in all types of metals, no restrictions.
By the end of the 1980s, sapphire crystals were added to the Datejust models. Sapphire crystals are phenomenal because they make watches look aesthetically pleasing and they are scratch proof.