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We admit it - we have a tendency to be repetitive.
When we find something we like, we stick with it. Call it old-fashioned, but that's just how we choose to be. So if you've been following us for awhile, you may notice a theme with some of our featured timepieces...and that theme is outright fantasticity (new word). Vintage wristwatches that are robust, beautiful, and timeless are the name of the game, and while the market is filled with myriad styles and models, we always come back to a certain few that have captured our imagination.
One such model is the venerable Datejust - perhaps the most recognizable model in the Rolex pantheon. In production since 1945, the original Datejust was designed for everyday wear, and was the world's first wristwatch to incorporate a date function. They have been worn proudly by presidents, athletes and movie stars - and probably your grandfather. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again; with perfect proportions, a robust automatic movement and timeless styling, the Rolex Datejust may simply be the most versatile and wearable watch ever designed.
This particular Datejust (Reference 1601) dates from approximately 1966 and features a classic 36mm Oyster case, grey linen dial and a steel engine-turned bezel, paired with a folded-link Jubilee bracelet. This is a simple and stunning vintage piece with an unusual textured dial, making it extremely versatile, and arguably the only watch a discerning modern gentleman would ever need. It shouldn't be hard to see why we like 'em so much.
For more information on then history of the Rolex Datejust, check out this recent article by Hodinkee, HERE.
Steel Oyster Case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 1601. Calibre 1570 Automatic Winding Movement. Circa 1966.
Overall Condition: Case is in excellent condition with sharp lugs and no signs of over-polishing. Linen pattern grey dial is in very good condition, showing normal signs of aging and patination to the luminescent elements. Original case back and Rolex-signed crown.
Includes Rolex folded-link steel Jubilee Bracelet (6251H with 503B End Links) and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown and Buckle.