|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601 ‘Golden Sunshine’
We’re very pleased to have this 18k gold Rolex Datejust on offer. Full gold Rolex Datejusts from the 1960s do not come along every day. When they do, they rarely look as good as this one.
Condition is very important, definitely for vintage watches. This DJ is from 1965 but it must have spent a few decades in a drawer… The champagne pie-pan dial is in perfect condition, which is in perfect with beige tritium plots.
The fluted bezel is very sharp. The case has been polished lightly but is in very good condition nonetheless. Its original curves are unaltered. The Jubilee bracelet is a little newer than the watch, the clasp code refers to the end of the 1970s. The condition is great, barely any stretch, and the end-links fit perfectly.
If you are looking to add a gold Datejust to your collection, you should consider this example without a doubt. The beauty of this watch can only be experienced in person. Stop by the shop to see for yourself. It beats all modern Datejusts all day every day.
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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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