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Rolex Datejust Ref. 1600
Clean as a whistle.
If you are looking for a modest Datejust to wear on any occasion the ref 1600 is one you should consider. A domed bezel makes the Datejust look so much more simple and elegant compared to a fluted bezel. Like most ref. 1600 DJs, this piece is equipped with an oyster bracelet, the original folded one. No glossy centre-links, just a clean and masculine looking DJ.
This Rolex has a flawless silver dial with vertical brushing. The overall looks of this Datejust might even make you think of the iconic 1019 Milgaus, but only a bit smaller. This watch is like a good Bordeaux wine, it only gets better over time. You are more than welcome to try it on next to some other Datejusts we have in stock. This 1600 will surprise you!
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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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