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18k Yellow gold
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1600 18K
Vintage Rolex Datejusts usually come with either fluted or engine-turned bezels. Attractive as those options are, they do provide a more formal, preppy aesthetic. This is a Ref. 1600, indicating we are dealing with a smooth bezel. A very different, very cool look!
It emphasizes the sporty side of the Datejust, blending its style with a touch of Oyster Perpetual or Explorer even. But this one is not in steel but 18k yellow gold, rare as winning the lottery.
This one comes with a champagne Swiss-only dial and a Jubilee bracelet. A great combination if you ask us.
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The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic watch designs ever made. We try not to use the term “iconic” too liberally, but it is surely justified here. Launched back in 1945 as the Ref. 4467, the design has been only marginally updated every now and then. And it has looked fresh and current ever since.
When it comes to vintage, two generations of Datejust are particularly popular; the Ref. 16xx and the later five-digit references. The 16xx models were made from the fifties until roughly 1978 and feature a beautifully dimensional pie-pan dial. Many of these came on folded jubilee bracelets and they did not yet feature a quickset date.
When the reference was updated to five digits around 1978, the pie-pan dial was replaced by a flat dial. The caliber was updated to now feature a quickset date. A decade later, in 1988, a new update saw the introduction of a sapphire crystal. For us, this is where vintage Datejust becomes modern Datejust.
Countless variations can be found. Different bezels, bracelets, dial colors, sizes and materials. The Datejust is one of the most beloved and versatile watches around. If you are looking for a one-watch-collection, that works equally well with shorts as it does with a three-piece suit, the Datejust is probably a pretty safe bet!
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