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Original box & papers
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601 B+P
This is the quintessential Rolex Datejust! The Datejust’s design evolution, starting from the 1920s Oyster case roots, has been subtle yet significant. Its enduring appeal has made it an iconic archetype in the watch world. From its 1945 inception to the present day, the Datejust remains remarkably consistent, embodying timelessness and freshness.”
“The Datejust’s influence is undeniable, evident in the countless imitations found in watch catalogues worldwide. Within its iconic lineup, the 1601 model stands out with its distinctive pie-pan dial and white gold fluted bezel. Its design, replicated unintentionally by many, speaks volumes about its iconic status.”
“Adding to its appeal, this watch comes with its original box and papers, a rarity for a timepiece from 1969. This inclusion not only enhances its historical significance but also elevates its value among collectors and enthusiasts. Owning this vintage watch with its complete documentation further enriches its allure
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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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