Rolex Datejust 1603Rolex Datejust 1603

Rolex Datejust Ref 1603 ‘Bamboo’ Full set

We are proud to present a rather rare variant within the Rolex Datejust universe. The Ref. 1603 ‘Bamboo’ bezel.

When the 16xx generation was introduced in 1959, some of the very first 1603 references were fitted with this unique bezel style. Rather than a continuous pattern around the entire bezel, these steel bezels only featured a trio of notches at every hour marker, resembling the texture bamboo.

Beyond the bezel, you can clearly spot that this is an early Ref. 1603 from the markers and hands. Rather than the later baton hands and stick indices, here we have a beautiful set of dagger hands and old school tapered indices. An altogether much more classical aesthetic. And early it is! The case number dates back to 1958, the year before this new generation of Datejust was even introduced.

What makes this watch even more unique is the fact that it is a full set. The original box and papers are still present! The watch has likely had a heart-transplant at some time during its life. The caliber is correct and original, but the movement number does not match the one on the chronometer papers. The case numbers do match, indicating that yes, papers and watch belong together. But no, this is not the movement that was in the watch when it first left Geneva.

This is a real gem of a Rolex Datejust. If you are after a Datejust that is off the beaten tracks. A conversation-starter, so to speak. Look no further. You cannot do much better than this.

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36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Original box & papers

Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 1603
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1958
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Original box & papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver

36 mm

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