Rolex Datejust Ref 1601

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Beautiful, isn’t it? Just look at the way the matte black dial so easily grounds the two tone metal combination – it’s totally remarkable. Even if it wasn’t one of the rarest Datejust configurations I’ve been able to get my hands on, I’d still be blown away by its sheer aesthetic appeal.

Cased, of course, in the classic Datejust proportions – 36mm diameter, 20mm lugs, it wears just as substantially and yet unobtrusively as every other example we’ve been lucky to offer. But its that dial – that matte black pie pan dial, which has faded ever so slightly to charcoal, that makes this example so special.

If you know Rolex, you know how important a dial is. Little rare variations can make the dials themselves more valuable than the watches that house them, believe it or not. And, in the world of Datejusts, black is one of those “grail” dials.

This vintage Rolex, with its crispy steel case, sharp yellow gold bezel and beautiful matte black dial further proves that less is more and there is still, after all of those years, value in vintage Rolex. This is one of my favorite vintage watches and I know it’ll never disappoint you!

TECHNICAL SPECS:
Maker: Rolex
Model: Datejust Reference 1601
Year: 1971
Case Diameter: 36 millimeters
Lug Width: 20 millimeters
Dial condition: Great condition
Case condition: Good condition, no significant nicks or scratches
Bracelet: Oliver leather strap
Movement: Automatic winding

 
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