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Rolex Datejust Ref. 6605 “Moss dial”
Here we have something very special if you are looking for a Rolex Datejust that is a bit more unique…
This is a Ref. 6605. It is the last generation before we entered the 16xx reference era. This example dates back to 1959, making it one of the very last before the transition. It is distinguished by its reeded bezel, a finer pattern than later fluted bezels, and its dagger hands.
This example is all about the dial. It has developed a speckled, greenish beige patina that looks like a mossy stone up close. It is hard to do justice in pictures, but it is extremely attractive in real life.
We have paired this beauty with a light brown horse leather strap, which goes very well with the dial. Of course, you are free to choose differently if you prefer a different look.
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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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