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Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603 ‘Confetti’
If you feel life is too short to be quiet and introverted, here we have the perfect Rolex for you!
Although actually, that may not do this watch justice. Yes, it is a statement piece. But it is also pure class and timelessly elegant.
Excellent and very clean matte black “confetti” dial with subtle red speckling. The lume plots have turned a warm creamy hue with matching hands.
The multi-colored “confetti” dials are coveted among collectors, not only for they’re rarity, but for their subtle yet vibrant dial details that are truly unique amongst Rolex dials as a whole. The term “confetti” is in reference to the compilation of individual colors that make up the single base color of the dial, creating a colorful and speckled dial appearance when observed up close.
If you want to go all in on a stunner of a statement Datejust, this is certainly worthy of your consideration!
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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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