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In 1945 Rolex made history with the introduction of the Datejust, and subsequently dictated the direction of wrist-worn watches for decades to come. We take it for granted, but in 1945 to be able to own a watch with a date function was exceedingly rare.
Since it's birth, the Datejust has been met with strong affinity and continues to make the list - very high up on that list - of enthusiasts who seek the most thoughtful and well-rounded collections.
Why? Because the Datejust is one of the most easily recognizable watches in the world. We can imagine it being buckled to the wrists of our fathers before heading to work, on the desk of our grandfathers where it rested as they wrote notes and balanced checkbooks. The Datejust is a part of our common fabric.
Watches like the Submariner or the GMT. As wonderful and timeless as they are, their rugged nature can only take them so far. They belong in the ocean and the sky, though they can easily slip almost undetected into a dinner party. But (generally) that is as far as they dare go.
Enter the Datejust: robust, reliable and classically styled. Perfect for life's unexpected way; as you stand gazing into the eyes of the person you have vowed to spend the rest of your life with, what elegance is better suited? As you hold your children for the first time what better a way to be simply, yet firmly reminded of how time will fly? The unassuming but bold dial that will keep track of work and play, baseball games and birthday parties, school plays and graduations. What better watch than this to sit on your wrist as you roll through the years, collecting story after story.
There is a reason that countless people from multiple generations have chosen this watch to ride the calm waves or brave the terrible tempests of life with them. There is a reason that they pass it down from parent to child, to grandchild and beyond. It can always take more.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Rolex Datejust Reference 1601. Circa 1962.
Overall Condition: Stainless steel Oyster case is in very good condition with signs of light but careful polishing. Case does show signs of wear, particularly near the lug holes. Dial is in very good condition with minimal signs of age and use, including some slight discoloration near the 32 minute marker. Luminescent elements of the hour plots and hands have gained a fine even patina over time. Rolex signed crown. Rolex case back has minimal signs of wear.
Includes one 20mm Rolex "jubilee" bracelet with 2-63 date stamp and 55 end links. Bracelet shows stretching due to age and some signs of wear, but is in otherwise very good condition. Also includes two 20mm nylon straps from Crown & Buckle