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Why We Love It
Built in very small numbers so as not to compete with its "Big Brother" Day-Date, solid gold Datejusts have been around since they were introduced in 1945, but are very scarce on the market today. Even more scarce are models produced with exotic material dials such as meteorite, lapis, onyx, tiger's eye and malachite.
And this beautiful Reference 1601/8 features the latter - an absolutely gorgeous green malachite that has proven to be one of the most in-demand configurations amongst collectors today.
More commonly seen in the Day-Date model (and regularly commanding near 6-figure price tags), this Datejust is a subtle flex -- at least as subtle as you can be with such a rare dial! It comes fitted to an also-uncommon President bracelet with hidden clasp.
Featuring a strong case with deep hallmarks and an unmolested dial with light striations and stressing from age, fluted 18k bezel, magnified acrylic crystal, and matching non-luminous handset, this is nothing short of an incredible watch for the discerning collector.
Very, very special piece we are truly proud to offer!
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.
18k Yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Automatic winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 1601/8. Circa 1977.
Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall showing wear consistent with age and use. Non-luminous Malachite stone dial is in very good condition showing light surface cracking and striations with matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes solid link 18k yellow gold President Bracelet with signed hidden clasp sized for a 6.75" wrist (additional links available upon request).
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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