Rolex Datejust 1603Rolex Datejust 1603

Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603 ‘Doorstop’

This timeless beauty effortlessly embodies both classic elegance and a bold spirit.

With its fluted steel bezel and Jubilee bracelet, the Rolex 1603 exudes a sense of refined sophistication. However, it is the dial and markers that truly captivate. Over the years, the dial has acquired a mesmerizing smokey patina, showcasing the transformative power of time as the lacquer gracefully changes its color. The hour markers, fashioned in a sleek baton style, exhibit a slight variation at 9 and 6 o’clock, where they appear slightly wider. It is this unique characteristic that gave rise to the endearing nickname of the ‘doorstop dial.’

In essence, this Datejust from 1964 is a versatile companion for all occasions. Its timeless design and remarkable details make it an exquisite choice, ensuring you make a statement wherever you go.

Indulge in the allure of this remarkable timepiece and experience the blend of classic charm and daring appeal it effortlessly exudes. Let the Rolex 1603 be your companion, accompanying you on every adventure and elevating your style with its timeless elegance.


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Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 1603
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1964
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver

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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Year of production (circa)






Dial color





36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only