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Why We Love It
With its engine-turned steel bezel, the 1603 can be distinguished from its sister references of Datejust, the 1601, which has a fluted white gold bezel; or the 1600, which has a polished smooth steel bezel. Like all 1600-series Datejust models, the 1603 features a pie-pan dial, acrylic crystal, and classic 36mm proportions that work brilliantly on fabric straps or metal bracelets. These timepieces are incredibly versatile for everyday use, and can easily be dressed-up for formal occasions or dressed-down and worn as a sporty everyday companion.
This particular timepiece dates to circa 1972 and features an outstanding and rarely seen black matte dial with richly patinated Tritium luminous plots. Fitted to an era-appropriate folded link Jubilee bracelet with signed blade clasp, this is an exceptional example of a 'deep cut' four-digit Datejust!
The Datejust Story
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. 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.
While recent horological trends have favored larger sporty wristwatches, the age of the giant watch is drawing to a close, making more reasonably sized watches like the original Datejust, a pleasantly stylish option that fits the bill in every setting.
There's a magic to the Datejust's simple design, a timelessness that proves that true style never dies.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 1603. Circa 1972.
Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall showing light polish and normal wear consistent with age and use. Luminous black matte dial is in excellent condition with evenly patinated indices and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes folded-link 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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