Rolex Datejust ref 1603Rolex Datejust ref 1603

Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603

If you are looking for the archetypal Rolex Datejust, but you want one with a real vintage vibe, this is a serious competitor!

The steel, silver-dial 1601, 1603, 16014 and 16030 references on Jubilee bracelets are the most iconic of them all. They are what you think of when envisioning a vintage Datejust. As you can see from our offerings, within this category there are still plenty of flavours to choose from. From ultra-clean and crips, to heavily aged.

The example here comes with some very attractive patina and oldschool elements.

For starters, this is a four-digit model, meaning you get the dimensionality of a pie-pan dial and the subtlety of a smaller logo and model designation. This specific dial is a no-lume variant. Rolex shipped these to countries with import bans on radioactive materials, such as Japan. The dial, although marked “T SWISS T” was not fitted with tritium plots and a ‘closed’ handset was used. Our dial here has discoloured to a beautiful warm tone halfway between silver and champaign.

Furthermore, this beauty comes on a folded Jubilee bracelet, only emphasising the vintage look and feel of this Datejust.

If it is character you are after, this DJ is surely worthy of your consideration.

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36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 1603
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1965
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Crystal Acrylic
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!

Of course it is of the utmost importance to get your purchase to your doorstep safely. Therefore, we ship all our packages insured worldwide.
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