When most people think of a watch the image that comes to mind is undoubtedly a Rolex Datejust. It epitomizes everything that a luxury watch is. It has been such a winning formula for Rolex that it has remained relatively unchanged for over 75 years. The Datejust was first introduced in 1945 and was the first wristwatch with a date display and a quick date mechanism. What today is standard on watches at all price points was a true innovation in 1945. This innovation was important because the date didn’t change slowly with the passing of time but rather it jumped to the new date at midnight. As a result the date was always just in the date window, hence the name Datejust. Initially, the datejust was offered only in yellow gold, followed by rose gold but as gold became the metal of choice for the Day-Date, steel and two-tone became the most frequently offered metals on the Datejust. Another innovation of the Datejust was the Rolex Jubilee bracelet which has been made available across the Rolex lineup over the years, and is beloved for its beauty and comfort.
This particular watch is a reference 1600, but when talking about this reference it is also important to also talk about the other references in its family, references 1601 and 1603. All three references were introduced in the early 1960s and featured many common traits including the same oyster case, movement, acrylic crystal with cyclops, and drilled lugs. Now you might think that there is nothing left to distinguish these models, but you would be forgetting the all important bezel. The 1600 came with a smooth bezel, the 1601 with a fluted bezel and the 1603 with an engine turned steel bezel like the bezel seen here. We know that this is a little confusing given that the watch shown here is a reference 1600, but it has an engine turned bezel and you would be right. The bezel is not correct for the reference, but over the years bezels get replaced, and owners often switched to a different bezel to what originally came on the watch due to changing preferences. If you would like to take the watch back to its original state, an original smooth bezel can be sourced for you and installed on the watch prior to delivery for an extra fee.
The Case and Bracelet
The 36mm stainless steel case is in excellent condition with no major flaws to note. As mentioned above, the bezel is incorrect for this reference but appears to be a genuine Rolex piece. All other components are correct for the watch. The acrylic crystal is in good condition but does show a deeper scratch between 10 and 11 and some light maring on the cyclops. The bracelet, a joske’s example produced in Mexico, is also in excellent condition, and will fit a 7 inch wrist.
The Dial and Hands
This particular example wears a dial that we are particularly fond of. Datejusts of this era were produced with a wide variety of dials and one of those variations, now referred to as a Buckley dial for New York jeweler John Buckley, features printed roman numerals as opposed to the more standard applied indices. These dials were made in a variety of colors with this example being a lovely shade of blue. The dial itself is in excellent condition as is its original date disk with open 6 and 9. Notable the dial and hands are absent of lume.
This watch features an automatic Rolex 1560 movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown. The seller offers a 1 year warranty on the watch.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Automatic Rolex 1570|
|Dial||Blue Buckley Dial|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|