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Lot #1644

Rolex Datejust 1601 Blue Luminova Dial

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Introduction

Released to celebrate Rolex's 40th anniversary in 1945, the Rolex Datejust has become one of the Genevan Giant's most iconic watches. The world's first wristwatch to display the date via an aperture on the dial, the Datejust revolutionized wristwatch design for decades to follow. With its emblematic Cyclops lens, jubilee bracelet (designed specifically for the model in 1945), and classy fluted precious metal bezel, the Datejust's aesthetic has always been that of pure elegance and class. Perhaps one of Rolex's most recognizable designs, the Datejust has evolved from its dressier roots into a perfectly capable timepiece rivaling the robustness of most brand's sports watches. Featuring a stainless steel case with a screw-down crown and caseback, the Datejust packs an impressive 100m of water resistance alongside its consistently capable movements and construction that have enabled it to become one of the best-equipped watches for daily wear and tear. Available with several different dial options, in a multitude of materials, and across many styles, the Datejust is an inescapable reflection of its owner, with a model out there to suit pretty much everybody's tastes and preferences.

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Grade

V 8.5

Status

Vetted & Approved

Included

Watch Only

Est. value range

$4,000 – $6,000

The Details

Brand

Rolex

Dimensions

36mm x 12mm

Model

Datejust

Movement

Automatic cal. 1560

Reference

1601

Bracelet

Stainless steel Jubilee bracelet

Year

1962

Condition

Very good

Material

Stainless steel and 18kt white gold

Included

Watch only

Dial Color

Blue Luminova Service Dial

THE DIAL

Featuring a subdued shade of blue, this example's dial is distinctive for its pie-pan design whereby its chapter ring cascades down from the edge of the minute scale and into the rehaut housing the outside of the dial.

THE CONSTRUCTION

Combining an 18kt fluted white gold bezel with the Datejust ref. 1601's folded-link jubilee bracelet, this example's construction retains the Datejust's signature exuberance.

TIMING MACHINE READOUT

This reading was taken (crown down) with a ONEOF Accuracy Boutique Edition timing machine at time of cataloging. It is provided as a courtesy only, and shall not be construed as a warranty or guarantee of any kind. Please refer to our terms and conditions of sale for more information.

Condition

Watch is in overall very good condition. There is minor oxidation on the caseback and mid-case as shown in the pictures, and along the bezel. The watch comes with a blue luminova service dial that was replaced at service. The jubilee band has 22 links total, and shows light to moderate stretch.

Our Perspective

An icon in and outside of watchmaking, the Datejust's heritage precedes itself and the ref. 1601 has been integral to the establishment of the model's early reputation as a tough luxury timepiece.

Eric Ku

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