Rolex Datejust Ref 1601Rolex Datejust Ref 1601

Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601

Witness the quintessential Rolex Datejust—a timeless icon in the world of watches. Rooted in the 1920s Oyster case, the design evolution led to the establishment of the Datejust line in 1945, with Rolex consistently refining its aesthetic. This meticulous process ensures that a 2023 Datejust mirrors the elegance of its 1945 counterpart.

The Datejust’s influence extends beyond its function, becoming an archetype for countless watches. The 1601 model, with its pie-pan dial and white gold fluted bezel, epitomizes this iconic lineup. Notably, this version features a Japanese dial, sans lume, showcasing meticulous attention to detail—the hands and applied indexes without tritium. Adding to its appeal, this Rolex Datejust incorporates a folding clasp made for the American market.

In the intricate world of horology, the 1601 stands as a paragon of timeless elegance, seamlessly blending heritage, craftsmanship, and unique design elements.

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Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 1601
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1970
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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36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only