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Datejust vs 1018 hand lengths

  1. vibe Jul 15, 2022

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    For those care

    Are the 160x and late 60’s 1018 hands the same? I asked on the VRF and the gurus said that the hands are most likely the same.

    I figured this out the hard way when I bought a set of NOS Rolex Tritium datejust hands to replace a set on one of my 1018s. And I didn’t realize until after they were installed that the minute and second hand were about 0.5mm too short.

    so I took the opportunity to put some nice hands on my 1600 and I relumed (no glow) my best 1018 stick set. 1018 hands are on the right below.
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  2. johnireland Jul 15, 2022

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    I have to wonder how picky Rolex was when making service changes. Here are pictures of my 1018s and 1013s. One 1018a.jpg L1000186.JPG L1000245.JPG both2.jpg black dialed 1018 has the earlier markers and the later baton hands. And there is a picture of the same model but with the original style hands. Same with my 1013s.
     
  3. vibe Jul 16, 2022

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  4. Nactex Jul 16, 2022

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    Personally I like the size, thinness and longer lengths, of the 1018 hands versus the Datejust hands.
     
  5. vibe Jul 17, 2022

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    here is the the 1018 looked (on left) like with the DJ hands installed, definitely too short.
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  6. vibe Jul 17, 2022

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    Well, they are appropriate for the 1018 for sure!