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Rolex Datejust ref 1603 Tropical Chocolate Gilt Dial circa 1967

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Rolex stainless steel Datejust ref 1603 serial # 1.5 million circa 1967 with original dark chocolate tropical gilt dial. Full size man’s 36mm diameter case with engine turned bezel and acrylic crystal with a richly patina’d dark chocolate tropical dial. The original black gilt print pie pan dial has naturally evolved to a deep and uniform dark chocolate color.

The case shows signs of use consistent with the age of the watch with expected scratches and a few small nicks on the case back. The case and reference #s are clear, and the case is free of corrosion. The case back threads are in good shape and have not been compromised. We have left the case unpolished as acquired.

We often see black dials that have turned a subtle shade of brown requiring examination in direct sunlight to detect the brown tone. This dial is definitely not subtle and requires barely a candle to announce that it is a dark chocolate. The dial has an even lightly crystalized surface which gives the dial a bit of a glimmer. The subtle gilt printing is all fully intact as are the aged all original luminous plots. The hands are original, again with untouched  aged tritium lume. Note the original sweep seconds hand shows some corrosion.

Powered by self winding caliber 1570 movement with sweep seconds which has just been professionally serviced by one of our veteran Rolex trained watchmakers. Offered on a distressed leather strap as shown which complements the rich color dial. Certainly a unique and distinctive early Datejust model with a lot of impact! Guaranteed genuine, and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation.

Your purchase includes our signature fine glazed leather WBAW? watch pouch, ideal for travel and storage, a $55 value!

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Crown-Pushers

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
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