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In today’s episode of LUG2LUG, Anna dives into a Rolex 1601 in yellow gold with a slate grey dial.
Not too long ago, I was totally put off by yellow gold watches, particularly by Rolex. I found them far too ostentatious – when I saw them I rolled my eyes without hesitation. Needless to say, I never would have guessed my feelings would have come so far. Because now, when I look at a YG oyster, specifically from Day Dates and Datejusts, I feel some sort of way. Working here at T&H has changed me – I guess I’m a convert.
Let’s dial in on this watch – it’s a Rolex Datejust, reference 1601 and it was manufactured In 1972.
It’s cased in 18k yellow gold, powered by the automatic 1570 caliber and topped with a remarkably rare grey sunburst dial. Individually, these variables are desirable, sure. But together, they’re extraordinary.
First, the case. Absolutely immaculate in condition. Not only is it without a single significant scratch or dent, but it has retained its factory finishing – brushed lugs, a very sharp fluted bezel and perfectly polished sides.
In most circumstances, a case THAT GOOD would be the most impressive asset of a given watch. But here, its the grey sunburst dial that steals the show. Not only is it totally flawless in condition but has managed to retain its original puffy tritium dots all around. And its stick hands and indices, which of course match the rich yellow gold case, work as beautifully warm accents to the slate dial.
Sure, on a bracelet, its a big, blingy statement. Is it a statement I have a ton of fun making from time to time? Maybe. But on a strap, it’s a dream. To me, It’s more subtle, restrained and frankly, tasteful.
From case to tritium, this is one of the best examples of a T&H favorite we’ve ever seen. And yes, we couldn’t be more proud but to be officially offering it for sale in our vintage watch shop.