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Why We Love It
There are certain watch designs that have become, for lack of a better word, timeless.
The Rolex Datejust, introduced in 1945, has been worn by presidents and luminaries, and there's a good reason why. Its beauty and elegance is regarded as a horological classic, its relentless timekeeping unparalleled, and its versatility makes it at home in both casual and luxury environments.
Vintage Datejusts may not be the most difficult Rolex model to locate, but it is becoming more and more difficult to find examples that are not over-polished AND that have untouched dials.
Here we have a Datejust Reference 1601/1603 with a crisp 36mm stainless steel Oyster case. Commonly converted at either the factory or dealer level, this case was originally intended to be 1601 spec - indicating an 18k white gold fluted bezel would have originally been mated to the case. Production challenges - or possibly the requests of a client at the dealer level - mean that this 1601 case has been fitted with an engine turned steel bezel, which makes it 1603 specification. It is impossible to know when this occurred, but it is a well documented occurrence during this period, making it all the more interesting!
Additionally, it features an untouched silver sunburst "sigma" dial with white gold hour markers and intact Tritium luminescent indices and hands.
Details such as the Sigma dial and mixed-spec reference points on the case and bezel make this a very special example indeed!
We've said it over and over again - the Datejust may just be the perfect watch.
Coupling perfect proportions, simple dial layouts, and robust movements, Rolex's most prolific model is an icon of timekeeping that has been in continuous production for decades. Moreover, the Datejust is all the watch that just about any of us really need.
The beauty of the Datejust is that it is the ultimate do-anything, go-anywhere watch. Equal parts sporty and dressy, the Datejust wears just as well with jeans as it does with a suit, and thanks to the signature Oyster case and tough-as-nails movement, it’s ready for anything that you can throw at it.
In production continuously since 1945, the original Datejust was the world's first wristwatch to incorporate a date disc and aperture at the 3:00 position. The cyclops magnifier over the date window was introduced in 1954, and as we all know has became a signature Rolex design cue.
Since then, date windows at 3:00 have become commonplace, and the Rolex cyclops magnifier bubble has become a hallmark of the brand. Datejusts have proudly been worn by presidents, athletes and movie stars (and probably your grandfather), in a testament to how timeless and versatile the watch truly is.
Where so many watches can be a little too big here, or a little too small there, the Datejust is just right, embracing the wrist with its thin and tapering 36mm case. And while recent horological trends have favored large wristwatches, the age of the giant watch is behind us (thankfully), making more reasonably sized watches, like the original Datejust, a pleasantly stylish option that fits the bill.
There's a magic to the Datejust's simple design, a timelessness that speaks to how true style never dies.
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Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 1601/1603. Rolex Automatic Winding Movement. Circa 1970.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall, showing light wear consistent with age and use. Engraved '1601', fitted with engine turned steel '1603' style bezel, a common occurrence for Datejusts of this age. Silver sunburst dial is in excellent condition with light even patination across the luminous indices. Luminous baton hands show matching patination. Rolex signed crown.
Includes one 20mm stainless steel Jubilee Bracelet (6251H/55) with signed clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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