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The Vintage Rolex Datejust Buyer's & Collector's Guide
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The Vintage Rolex Datejust Buyer's & Collector's Guide

In this book, Rolex expert Thomas van Straaten covers the history of the Rolex Datejust from its introduction in 1945 to 1990.


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In the world of luxury watches, Rolex is synonymous with timeless elegance and unparalleled craftsmanship. And within Rolex's universe, the Datejust is an icon in its own right. Thomas van Straaten, a renowned Rolex connoisseur, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of this legendary watch in his book "The Vintage Rolex Datejust Buyer's & Collector's Guide."

From origin to evolution
The story begins in 1945, the year the Rolex Datejust made its entrance into the watchmaking world. Van Straaten dives deep into the annals of time, offering readers a detailed overview of the Datejust's evolution, from its humble beginnings to the prominent status it had achieved by 1990. Whether you're interested in the Lady, Midsize or Full size generations, this book has it all.

More than just a watch
But "The Vintage Rolex Datejust Buyer's & Collector's Guide" goes beyond history. The book dissects the watch into its individual components, from calibers to dials to bracelets to matching boxes and papers. For the true collector, the book provides a wealth of information about the many variations one may encounter, and how to link them to specific generations and periods.

A guide for the collector
One of the biggest challenges in collecting vintage watches is the ability to judge authenticity. Van Straaten offers valuable tips and tools for identifying interchanged, restored or counterfeit parts. This book is not only a guide, but also a reliable companion for anyone embarking on the path of vintage Datejust collecting.

A visual feast
The stunning photography in the book, complemented by contributions from vintage dealers and collectors worldwide, is enhanced by analytical microscope images. These images invite the reader to take a closer look at the fine details that make the Datejust so special.

Whether you are a novice collector or a passionate lover of Rolex for many years, "The Vintage Rolex Datejust Buyer's & Collector's Guide" is an indispensable book that will guide, inform and inspire you on your journey through the enchanting world of Rolex Datejust.

Size: 297 x 210 x 18 mm
Size: 216 Pages
Language: English
Material: Hardcover