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Rolex Datejust ref 1601 SS/14K YG circa 1963


Distinctive looking early Rolex Datejust model ref 1601 SS/14K YG circa 1963. Featuring a full size man’s 36mm diameter stainless steel case with 14K yellow gold fluted bezel and acrylic crystal. With original early style matte silver dial with applied gilt “door stop” style indexes and with early style tapered “Alpha” hands. The SWISS only signed dial is exceptionally well preserved with a clean and smooth surface and further features intact original lume plots that have aged a very pleasing tan color.

Powered by self winding caliber 1560 movement with sweep seconds and date. With original period rolled link SS/14K YG jubilee bracelet with original early style deployment clasp. A great looking, distinctive early Datejust model.

The differences in the dial markers and hands over the several generations of Datejusts from the late 1950’s to the 1980’s are all subtle. But be assured, the devil is in the details, because the characteristics of the dial, the dial markers and the hands can make all the difference between a distinctive and remarkable example, and one that is more common, and less special. The current example 1963 example features the original era dial, not a later replacement, with the distinctive dial indexes of the late 1950’s and early 60’s. While the overall shape and characteristics of a 36mm datejust are quite familiar to the eye, it is these subtle characteristics that make these very nice condition early examples so desirable to the keen observer!

Guaranteed genuine, serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers and offered with a 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation. Your purchase includes our signature fine leather watch pouch, ideal for travel and storage, a $55.00 value.

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