Rolex Datejust 1601 Black Dial

Rolex Datejust 1601 Black Dial

Black-dialed Datejusts are just plain sexy! 

After 70 years of production, Rolex has certainly made a Datejust that suits everyone. No matter what dial hand combo gets your blood flowing, Rolex has probably made it. Most came in various shades of white and silver, and black dials are certainly harder to find on today's market.

Depending on the case material and dial color, some Datejusts are on the sportier side, while some are a bit dressier. We find colored dials straddle the line perfectly, lending themselves well to use in either casual or formal settings, and pair well with a variety of strapping options - from brightly colored NATOs to steel bracelets.

This particular example dates from about 1970, and features a stunning matte black pie-pan dial with lightly aged luminescent plots, a crisp 14K white gold bezel, original folded-link Jubilee bracelet and correct "Open 6's & 9's" date wheel.  All in all, an absolute stunner!

Often imitated but never matched, the Datejust has been a major part of the Rolex success story, and it can be part of yours too. Whether this is your first watch or tenth watch, it’s always a good choice.


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. Let’s face it, 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. One part sporty and one part 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 3 o’clock. The cyclops magnifier over the date window was introduced in 1954, and as we all know became a signature Rolex design cue.   

Since then, dates at 3 o’clock has 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 to 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. 


Steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 1601. Circa 1970.

Overall Condition: Case is in great condition throughout, showing no major blemishes or signs of over-polishing.  Original dial and handset are in fantastic condition with light even patina.  Original case back and Rolex signed crown.

Includes original Jubilee Bracelet (6251H with #55 End Links) and two 20mm nylon straps by Crown and Buckle.

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