Rolex Datejust

Rolex Datejust

Black-dialed Datejusts are just plain sexy! Add in a touch of gold here and there and the whole thing just pops. If you’re searching for the perfect vintage Datejust, this is a great contender.

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’d call this example one of the dressier Datejusts, mostly due to the yellow gold bezel, hands and hour indices. Combined with the black dial, the gold accents add a lot of panache, and this Datejust is the perfect pairing to a sharp suit and handmade oxfords.

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. 


Stainless Steel case is approximately 36 mm (excluding crown).  Rolex Reference 1601. Circa 1973

Overall condition: Case is in fantastic condition overall, with recent professional detailing. Original non-luminous dial is in excellent condition throughout.  Original gold hands and stick markers are in similarly excellent condition, with only faint patination.  Original case back and signed crown.  

Includes two nylon straps by Crown & Buckle. This watch has been fully overhauled and comes with an 18 Month Warranty from our friends at Central Watch.

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