Rolex 18K YG Datejust “Rainbow Tropics” Dial circa 1961


In the world of vintage watches, the term tropical refers to dials that have changed color over time from the original production color. Some of the most popular tropical dials are the black dials that have faded to a brown or “chocolate” color. Notable examples are found among Omega Speedmasters, Gilt and matte dial Rolex Submariners, and other sport models that have evolved from the original black color. Gold Submariners with blue dials are occasionally found with dials turned purple, lavender, crimson, or with patterns of spotting that resemble the constellations in the heavens. Needless to say, such dials are highly sought after and can add considerable value to the watch.

The current example early Rolex Datejust has a remarkable rainbow hue naturally turned dial, just as some proof struck silver dollars may develop a beautiful rainbow toning over the years. We are delighted to be able to offer this special example early gold Datejust model with the following details:

Rolex 18K YG Datejust ref 1601 serial #714,xxx circa 1961/62. Featuring a 36mm diameter case with fine and subtle milled bezel, with beautiful natural color change pie pan dial with faceted applied gold indexes and tapered gold hands, and with acrylic crystal. This original dial has naturally turned a distinctive and beautiful rainbow hue, which makes this watch truly unique. Exceptionally mint condition case with heavy lugs. Powered by calibre 1570 movement with sweep seconds and date. Offered on Rolex signed crocodile strap with Rolex plaque buckle. A rare and striking looking vintage man’s model for a unique and  stunning look! Recently serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers and offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation. Accompanied by our popular fine Italian leather watch pouch, ideal for travel or storage, a $55.00 value.


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