Rolex Datejust Ref 1601




The grey sunburst Datejust, while extremely elusive, is one of those watches worth tracking down. Not only could we easily get lost in the beauty of the dial and the way it reacts to the light, but the endless strap pairing possibilities. Whether on a steel jubilee, butterscotch calf strap or burgundy crocodile, this dial will never fail to blow you away.

Backing up, let’s talk about the Datejust for a second. I’ll say it a thousand times – it’s the perfect watch. A vintage Rolex Datejust is one of the few material items that you can both enjoy for the rest of your life and, when the day comes, pass down to the next generation to do the same. A watch like this is never out of place – from Irish car bombs on a NATO to boring C-suite meetings on a cordovan strap, it never fails to serve you well, impressing the tasteful.

Dialing back in, this example, with its crispy steel case, rich white gold fluted bezel, immaculate grey sunburst dial and original jubilee bracelet 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 watches and I know it’ll never disappoint.

Maker: Rolex
Model: Datejust Ref. 1601
Year: 1972
Case Diameter: 36 millimeters
Lug Width: 20 millimeters
Case Material: Stainless steel
Case Condition: Great condition, no serious nicks or scratches
Dial Condition: Great condition, one small blemish at 9
Bracelet: Original Rolex jubilee
Movement: Automatic Winding