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Steel & gold
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601
While there are tons of dial variants in the vintage Datejust universe, few are as beautiful as a linen dial. Especially when executed in yellow gold, as it is here.
On offer here is a two-tone Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601 on leather strap. Being a four-digit reference, this dial is double attractive: it is both linen and pie-pan, meaning it has a deeper-lying outer edge of the dial, providing a beautiful sense of depth.
We have paired this beauty with our moss-green nubuck strap, putting emphasis on the warmth of the 18k yellow gold. A very cool combo if you ask us, but of course we are happy to switch if there is an AWCo strap you love more.
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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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