The still FACTORY ORIGINAL (non-refurbished) dial has some patina. The crystal is in immaculate, scratch-free, condition. The case has some signs of wear. Please consider the pictures as well as the age of the watch.
Serviced in 2017. The watch runs on about a minute per day acurate which is good for a vintage model.
Automatic Movement with Center Second
Silver LINEN dial with silver indices
Stainless Steel Case
Genuine Rolex Plexi Glas
Genuine Rolex Crown (signed)
36 mm diameter (w/o crown)
|Reference number|| 1601|
Hand-crafted, Italian, Vintage Leather Strap (retail price 70 Euro)
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Splash Water Resistant (handwashing ok, not showering)
The first Datejust was released in 1945 to commemorate the brand’s 40th anniversary and was unveiled at a jubilee celebration (hence the name of the new five-link bracelet that accompanied the watch). Of course, the Datejust was housed in an Oyster case (at the time of its release in 1926, the Oyster was the world’s first fully-integrated waterproof case), which had by that time become one of Rolex’s hallmark achievements. The watch was also a "Perpetual" timepiece. In other words, it was equipped with an automatic movement. The design language of the Datejust has remained true to its origins, and though the model has continued to evolve technologically, it retains its original pedigree as a dressy but capable sports watch and remains one of the cornerstones of the brand. This is a special Ref 1601 Datejust. Not only does it have a white gold fluted bezel in remarkably sharp condition, it also has a stepped linen dial. Making it even more uncommon is its “sigma” dial – the two sigmas flanking “T Swiss T” are what are known as APRIOR marks that signify the presence of gold on the dial, namely in the hands and indices.