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    Default Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold?

    I recently acquired a two-tone Rolex Datejust with 20 mm lugs. One person insists it is stainless and 14K but I thought all Datejusts were 18K. This one was made in 1981 and has quickset but plastic crystal

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: James Baumgarner)

    Do you have any pics, Might help with your question...........

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: Tony10Clocks)

    You said it has the plastic (acrylic) crystal? The karat depends where it was sold. To the best of my knowledge, for many European countries, these were steel and 18 karat! I believe France, Switzerland, Spain, and Italy were supplied with the 18 karat ones. Other countries as well, I'm certain. North America was supplied with steel and 14 karat, and domestic bracelets, except for the Day-Date model which has always been 18 karat, everywhere they were sold. This changed during the late 1980s. At about that time, Rolex gravitated to the 3100 series movements, the Geneva made bracelet, fitted sapphire crystals, and went to 18 karat and steel everywhere. If you can find out where it was sold when new, that might be an indication.

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: doug sinclair)

    Easy to discern!

    Just look at the inside of the clasp of the bracelet.

    There is a long number. If it ends in 14 it is 14k, if it ends in 18, it is 18k.

    Both bracelets were made. Good luck!

    Jeff Hess

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    Smile Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: Jeff Hess)

    I have the same question too:14k or 18k?
    Model 16013,year 84-85 based on serial number,cal 3035.I also took some pictures of the clasp,nothing indicated 14 or 18.
    Hope toget an answer.
    Daniel98:o
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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: daniel98)

    I had one of these before too and I had to use an acid test to determine that it was indeed 14 karat. I hope this helps!

    Dale

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: Dale)

    Daniel,

    With the caliber 3035 movement and what appears to be the Geneva bracelet, and in consideration of the mid '80s date, I'm 99 44/100% sure it is 18 karat. In spite of the fact that it appears to have the acrylic crystal. There was a transitional period in North America when this particular watch model could have had either an acrylic crystal or a sapphire one.

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: doug sinclair)

    Daniel,

    it is my belief that your watch us a conversion from steel to two-tone

    Jeff

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    Unhappy Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: Jeff Hess)

    Hi Jeff
    Do you mean it's a "franken watch"?
    It's so scary because I'm totally a newbie in this hobby.
    Daniel

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: daniel98)

    My two-tone is also a caliber 3035, serial #16013, which i forgot to mention in my first post. I understand this caliber was made between 1977 and 1988, so it may be possible the early ones were 14K and the later ones were 18K. I did look up the numbers on the jubilee braclet of my watch and the number 14 is clearly stamped. So maybe my watch, described as have a gold linen dial, not champagne, is an early caliber 3035. It is just that I had heard that all two-tone Rolex watches made after 1980 were 18k, and this roused my curosity. I'm still confused but I got the watch for a song so I'm not disappointed. In fact, having cleaning and regulation, the watch is losing only a second or two a day over a month.

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: James Baumgarner)

    In 1980, at a Jewelry store in Auburn Al, when I was 21, I.bought a new Stainless steel and 14k gold date just with the fluted bezel and jubilee bracket. The retail price was about 1,800, and they gave me 10% off, so I paid about 1,620. I financed it for 12 months no interest.
    I know the watch was made in Switzerland but the bracelet was made in the US. I believe on the inside of the clasp, it said made in the USA.

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    Default Re: Rolex Datjust 14 or 18K gold? (By: Don Merritt)

    It likely has the "oval link" design correct?

    Funny but these were widely discounted among collectors for years and now, their funkiness and comfort are sought after by a lot of folks.
    Jeffrey P. Hess, collector, historian, writer, CEO Ball WATCH USA

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