Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603

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The History

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.

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The Reference

This particular watch is a reference 1601, 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.

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The Case and Bracelet

The 36mm stainless steel case is in good condition. The case has most certainly seen a polishing wheel during its life with the points of the lugs being not as fat as they were from the factory and the caseback having several deep scratches. The bezel is incorrect for this reference, as it would have come with an engine turned bezel, but appears to be a genuine Rolex piece. All other components are correct for the watch. The acrylic crystal is in good condition with light scratching and some small dings on the cyclops. The bracelet is a Joske oval link bracelet sized to fit a 7.4″ wrist, and comes with 1 extra link.

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The Dial and Hands

The silver pie-pan dial with the standard hour markers, lume plots, and hands is in very good condition. The lume has aged nicely to a nice light amber color which is consistent across the hour marker dots and the hands. The is some light dirt buildup on the bottom of the dial that should be noted.

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The Movement

This watch features a Rolex calibre 1570 26 jewel non-quickset movement. The watch is running well and the service history is unknown.

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Seller VintageWatchOutlet
Auction Number 285
Location Michigan
Brand Rolex
Model DateJust
Reference Number 1603
Movement Automatic Rolex 1570
Year 1970s
Dial Silver
Case Width 36mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Stainless Steel
Clasp Type Deployant
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

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