For sale we have a beautiful Rolex Datejust. Dating to 1965, this is a Reference 1601 with Stainless case and white gold fluted bezel. It also has a ‘Non-Lume’ linear brushed pie-pan dial. This reference tends to have a sun-durst dial finish and the linear brushing is less common and a very interesting texture. This dial variation was also made without lume plots, despite the ‘T SWISS T’ signing to the foot of the dial. This is beneficial with time due to the fragility of the lume. The watch can be worn without the worry of loose lume under the crystal.
The acrylic crystal is original with date magnifier, as is the screw down Rolex crown. The watch has drilled lugs, with a brushed finish to the top and polished sides of the case. In-between the lugs it is signed Registered Design 1601 at 12, with the case number 1277247 at 6. To the rear is the coin edge screw back with brushed face. Inside is the 1601 reference signing and the IV 65 date code. The movement is a calibre 1560 automatic chronometer grade, which has been recently serviced.
The watch comes with a period 11.00.2 Green leather box, with correct matching outer box. The watch has no paperwork or bracelet.
It’s easy to wax lyrical about such a classic watch. The Datejust is one of the most loved and iconic watches ever made. First released in 1945, it has remained a timeless watch with its instantly recognisable design, high quality finishing and functional sporty use. Dress it up or dress it down, jeans and T-shirt or evening meal. This is an ideal start if you are venturing into the vintage watch world. It is also an unusual dial variation which would be at home in a discerning collection. That’s the beauty of the variety within the Datejust range.
Full condition report below. Please see the images as these compliment and aid the description provided below.
The silver dial is original and has light patination. It has a dishes outer section with a linear brushed finish on the face. This has an even speckled patina. The hour markers are good and clean, as is the applied Rolex Cornet. The signing is clear and good. The date window is a good tone.
The hands are original of baton design, in a silver tone. They are in average condition with signs of corrosion on the hour and minute hand. The central second hand is good.
The acrylic crystal is original with date magnifier. It has no major marking and is in good condition. It has some minor marks to the edge.
The Rolex crown is original and in good condition, functioning as it should, screwing down well.
The case is formed of Stainless Steel and is in good condition with light surface scratching. It has had the finish re-done in the past. The brushed finish on the top is good, with polished finish to the sides. The lugs are well shaped with little signs of wear to the drilled lugs. The 18ct white gold fluted bezel is original with good, polished finish which shines in the light.
The case back is stainless steel and is in good condition with brushed face and polished exterior. The finishing has light surface scratching associated with ageing. The coin edge is good, without much wear, with no signs of poor opening attempts. It has had the finish re-polished in the past.
The watch comes on a Pebro premium leather strap for 20mm lug width.
The movement is a Rolex calibre 1560. It is a chronometer grade automatic movement with a jewel count of 25 and a frequency of 18,000 BPH. It has a date function.
The movement has been serviced. It’s keeping time to within 3 seconds deviation a day, with an amplitude of 300 degrees and a beat error of 0.0m/s.
Case width: 35.5mm
Case width with crown: 38.25mm
Case length: 34.5mm
Case length lug to lug: 44mm
Case Depth: 11mm
Lug width: 20mm
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