Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603 Buckley Dial

Discover the exceptional charm of our vintage Rolex Datejust, a true collector’s piece that pays homage to the passion many vintage enthusiasts have for timeless craftsmanship. This particular model, often referred to as the “Buckley” dial, has gained immense popularity, named after the renowned vintage watch dealer, John Buckley.

The “Buckley” dial is distinguished by its compelling painted indexes and a unique handset that sets it apart from regular Rolex designs. Available in various colours, our favourite is the striking black dial, accentuated by contrasting white printing. This particular watch has remarkably retained all its lume plots, a rare feature as many “Buckley” dials tend to lose them over time. This Datejust is truly special, offering that little extra something that sets it apart from the rest.

Our Rolex Datejust, reference 1603, from 1975 boasts a pristine dial and case… As always, we ensure that our timepieces are in perfect condition, and ready to provide years of wearing pleasure.

If you’re intrigued by this exquisite piece, we invite you to visit us at Reestraat 3 to see it in person. This is a rare opportunity to own a beautifully preserved piece of Rolex history, perfect for any serious collector.

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€ 7.950

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Brand Rolex
Diameter 36 mm
Model Datejust
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Reference 1603
Buckle/clasp Original steel folding clasp
Year of production (circa) 1975
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Watch only
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Grey
Movement Automatic

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




Original steel folding clasp

Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Watch only