Rolex Datejust Ref 1601

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This, my geeks, is a helluva 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 polished sides.

In most circumstances, that case 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 it’s stick hands and Indices, which of course match the rich yellow gold case, work as beautifully warm accents to the slate dial.

In short, this is one of the best examples of my favorite vintage watch of all time. Enjoy it!

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TECHNICAL SPECS:
Maker: Rolex
Model: Datejust Ref. 1601
Year: 1972
Case Diameter: 36 millimeters
Lug Width: 20 millimeters
Dial condition: Great condition
Case condition: Good condition
Bracelet: Olive leather strap
Movement: Automatic winding

 
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