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The Rolex Oyster Quartz maybe is a wrong product positioning in that competitive year, even at the time, Rolex promised that this company would step into Swiss watchmaking industry with overwhelming advantages of their electronic watches. In early 1950s, Rolex turned to do their own research of electronic watch and got their first patent on electro-mechanical watch design. In fact, the < The Best of Time > written by James Dowling, a Rolex collector, mentioned that Rolex applied for 50 patents between 1960 and 1990, of which 21 were for electrical watch. Rolex once applied for patent on a digital (LED) watch movement in 1970s, One such movement made it all the way to the prototype stage and was issued the reference number 7065 (didn't published officially).

The Ref, 5100 Quartz Date was the first quartz watch commercially available by Rolex, in 1970, this watch was equipped with the famous Beta 21 quartz movement, just the same as other companies, such as the OMEGA and the ENICAR. Rolex only had produced 1000 of this watch before they started to develop their own quartz movement and the watch that would eventually become the Oysterquartz. In 1977, after five years of design, development and testing, Rolex officially published 5035 for the Oysterquartz Datejust, and the Cal. 5055 for the Oysterquartz Day-Date.

The movement utilized the latest CMOS circuit technology with the 32khz oscillator and 11 jewels to analog thermocompensation so to meet up with the COSC criterions. In addition, what they have finished was the higher standard than that of former Rolex's mechanical movement. No exaggeration to say that even today, there is no movement produced by any company can compare to the 5035/5055.

 

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The Royal Oak IN 1972

Audemars Piguet published Royal Oak in 1972, which is designed by Gerald Genta. Many people think this being the best watch that he has ever designed. At that time, Rolex published the Rolex Oyster 50 anniversary watch: the Oyster Perpetual of the Ref. 1530 (S/S) and the Ref. 1630 (S/YG), and then published the Oyster quartz watch with the same appearance design in 1974. Many people criticized that Rolex was duplicating the AP Royal Oak. Strictly speaking, this criticism is unfair. Personally, i think many people had overlooked the Rolex Viceroy and Imperial Oyster case design, they are apparently the source inspiration of Oyster quartz.

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Rolex quartz Ref. 19018

The Oyster Quartz Date Just that Rolex produced for 25 years including Ref, 17000 (S/S), Ref. 17013 (S/YG), Ref. 17014 (S/WG), all gold Ref. 19018 (YG) and Ref, 19019 (WG). And the special editions of Oyster quartz contains diamond paved dials, bezels and bracelets, all demands are covered.

It has been estimated that in all less than 25,000 Oysterquartz watches were ever produced. The last year the Ref 17000 appeared in the Rolex catalog was 2001, and this was also the last year Rolex received any chronometer certificates for quartz movements from the COSC.  This means 2001 was likely the last year any Oysterquartz watches were actually produced. The steel/gold and all gold models continued in the Rolex catalog until 2003 when the stock of these last models was finally depleted.
 

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the Oysterquartz watch are beautiful watches, but also i have to admit, they are complicated to fix as well, moreover the fee is not cheap!!!

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repair maybe a problem cause to my knowledge, only rolex are capable of doing the repair to Oysterquarz, but simply from the watch itself, it being a very unique and quality watch during its times!!

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