Rolex Datejust Birch Wood Dial & “Bark” Bezel C. 1978

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Year of issue: 1978

Reference number: 16078

Serial number:

Condition: hardly worn

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: 16,800

Watch details

An unusual and beautiful combination of details make this a rather rare vintage find. The watch is a ref. #16078 Datejust in 18k yellow gold, made circa 1978. This would have been among the first Datejusts offered by Rolex with a sapphire crystal. The dial is made of birch wood and is a softer-than-normal color than its more abundant counterparts. Additionally, the watch has a “bark” bezel, adding another layer of interest. Wood dials were not uncommon on vintage Day-Dates, however they are very scarce for Datejusts.
The subtlety of the exotic dial, coupled with the absence of gemstones, result in a fine timepiece that is suitable for a lady or a gentleman and offers “organic chic” charm. The watch is accompanied by the original papers. 36mm. Stock 34951


Joshua Bonifas


The year 1945 saw the birth of the Datejust, the first self‑winding wrist chronometer to indicate the date in a window on the dial. A watch of great distinction, the Datejust was equipped with a Jubilee bracelet created specially for it and a fluted bezel, making it immediately recognisable as a Rolex. It is the pillar of the Oyster collection. Initially for men, it became available in various models for women in the course of the following decade.