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The Vintage Rolex Datejust Buyer's & Collector's Guide 1945-1990

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An all encompassing guide to buying a vintage Rolex Datejust. 

By the Fratelli, for the Fratelli 

Fratello writer Thomas van Straaten has done the seemingly impossible, by writing and producing a complete guide to buying a vintage Rolex Datejust. The sheer number of references and availability of aftermarket dials and hands makes it extremely challenging to find your way in the Datejust world. What Thomas has accomplished is presenting the Rolex Datejust in a precise yet very approachable way. 

What's it about?

Thomas has chosen to focus on watches from 1945-1990, and dives into, among other things, the following topics:

  • Historical context and the backdrop to which the Datejust was introduced
  • All generations of full-size, Lady, and Midsize Datejusts between 1945-1990, expansively described and pictured
  • The “odd DJs”: Turn-O-Graph, left-hand drive, and Oysterquartz Datejust models
  • A complete list of all Datejust references from 1945-1990
  • A buying guide with tips on what to look for and what to avoid
  • Direct comparisons of the most popular (and similar) models
  • Beautiful photography of common to extremely rare and exotic Rolex Datejusts
  • Microscope imagery of important details of vintage Datejust watches
  • Reference lists for bracelets, calibers, dials, and other important variables you want to check before buying a vintage Datejust

Final words

This is the book to get if you are in the market for a Rolex Datejust, or if you just want to dive into one of the most iconic and popular watches of all time. 

 

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