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Gold / steel
Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601
The Rolex Datejust is an icon. It has existed since 1945 and it will probably outlive us all. When it comes to vintage Datejusts, this is a classic.
The steel and gold combination on Rolex watches is hot. The yellow gold fluted bezel radiates a feeling of luxury but on the stainless steel case, it is not too much of an eyecatcher. The 36mm watch has become a modest size for both men and women. The absence of a metal bracelet makes it even easier to wear with many options for watch straps.
The silver dial with the ‘Linen’ structure is beautiful and has a super cool vintage character. It is definitely something you will not find in more modern pieces. The linen dial is spotless with perfect matching tritium plots (all intact). Datejusts are hot, visit our store to see if this is the right one for you or your partner! We always have multiple pieces in stock.
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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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