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Throughout Rolex's century of existence, the manufacture has produced an arsenal of classic designs that have essentially remained unchanged throughout the years. Though small cosmetic differences may arise (such as the addition of a date window, or changing the color of the dial), a Rolex still looks like a Rolex. Because with Rolex, it's not about innovation, but about refinement.
The Rolex Datejust is an example of that ethos of continuity brought to life. With perfect proportions and a dial that's elegant in its simplicity, the Datejust is a horological icon. First released in 1945--the 40th "Jubilee" of the founding of Rolex--and in continuous production for the decades since, the Datejust is Rolex's most prolific and enduring model.
To be fair, the look of the Datejust has changed subtly over the years, but in material more than in form. Upon its release, the Datejust was available only in precious metals. But by the mid-1950s it was made in stainless steel.
Moreover, the first reference of Datejust lacked the feature that would become Rolex's hallmark, the cyclops magnifier over the date window. But that would come in 1954. Around the same time, the Datejust gained its engine-turned bezel, a harbinger of the fluted bezel of today.
What results is a watch with strong design language that's carried through the model through seven decades.
The Datejust is the ultimate go-anywhere, do-anything watch. On a steel bracelet (we prefer the classic Jubilee bracelet, featured here) it exudes elegance; on leather, refinement; and on nylon, a kind of toughness that only Rolex can have. It inhabits a space somewhere between sporty and dressy, suitable to every occasion.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 36mm (excluding crown). Reference 1603. Circa 1960s.
Overall Condition: Case is in very good condition overall only very minor signs of use and wear and sharp lugs. Dial is in superb condition with crisp printing. Luminescent elements of the hour markers show light even patina. Hands have been professionally refinished to match. Signed crown.
Includes one later 20mm 62150H/555 D-Link Jubilee bracelet.
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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