Of interest to collectors! Stainless steel Rolex Oysterquartz Datejust model 17000 from the late 1970s. Note the original, early dial with no “SUPERLATIVE CHRONOMETER” text but just the simple “OYSTERQUARTZ” name in the lower half of the dial. Contrary to the widely-held belief of a million wine-bar experts, for over twenty years Rolex DID make a quartz watch whose second hand TICKS rather than sweeps, as one might otherwise rightly expect of their mechanical watches. These Oysterquartz models are quite rare and their chunky looks are not to everyone’s taste, but they have a following and this early example is in very nice condition. Under close examination one can see that the dial has lost some of the expired luminous dots from its chapter ring (rim), but we would rate it as 85% condition, excellent for its age. The bracelet is in outstanding condition and has an “MA5” clasp code, suggesting that it has been replaced at some point from late 2005 onwards. The watch comes with later Rolex boxes, our own warranty card and a certificate from the ALR Watch Register confirming that we checked it with them. We like to warn prospective buyers just how LOUD the ticking sound always is on the Rolex 5035 quartz module: if you enjoy stalking lions, work for the Special Forces or are plagued by fears that a ticking bomb might be under your living room chair, this may not be the model for you. Offered with a one year warranty, since the Oysterquartz range is now discontinued.