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Why We Love It
The Rolex Datejust is classic. It also happens to be one of the most successful model lines Rolex has ever had.
Simply put, there’s a Datejust for every environment, professional or casual. It’s been cast in steel, gold, or steel-and-gold (a combination Rolex calls Rolesor), with a bracelet that even has a name—the Jubilee. Yet it looks sharp and sophisticated on leather paired with a tailored blazer, or on a nylon strap and a pair of chinos.
Now, the trick with the Datejust Reference 1600 is finding an example that retains its smooth bezel, as many of them were swapped out for the more illustrious fluted gold bezels at the dealer level. This particular example is in extremely clean and sharp condition- its smooth steel bezel and pie-pan silver sunburst dial give the watch a clean, uncluttered feel.
Sometimes, you just can't beat the classics.
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.
Stainless steel case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex automatic winding movement. Circa .
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous silver sunburst pie-pan dial is in near mint condition with applied indices and flawless puffy tritium plots with matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes grey leather strap with steel pin buckle. Also includes green Rolex wallet with full set of papers and punched chronometer card.
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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