Rolex Datejust ‘Wide Boy’ Ref. 1601

Buy for: $4,480.00

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

The Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601 and its siblings, the 1600 and 1603, are very much defined by their numerous dial variations. When we say numerous we mean it. There is the Buckley, sigma, dress or non-luminous, pie pan, linen, Tiffany, and of course the Wide Boy that we have here. Plus many more. As collectors we all hope that each of these various has an elaborate backstory that gives credence to Rolex making each one but that really isn’t the case with these vintage DateJusts and that is totally cool with us. There character alone makes each one a joy to wear and learn about. In the case of the ‘Wide Boy’ it is named as such because of its unusual block-like wide-set indexes and handset that add a more sporty and brawny character to the watch when compared to the normal hour markers and hand.

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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 there being some dents and dinks on the side of the case. The bezel is correct for this reference and is excellent condition pointing to it most likely being a correct later replacement piece which we approve of. All other components are correct for the watch. The acrylic crystal is in great condition with no major flaws to note. The bracelet is a Swiss made oval link bracelet sized to fit a 7.75″ wrist.

The Dial and Hands

The silver pie-pan ‘Wide Boy’ dial is in good condition. The lume plots above the hour markers are all present and in good condition with matching patina. The lume on the hands has dirtied considerable. The major fault is a small bit of tarnishing or dirt built up between the date aperture and the cannon pinion which is visible when viewed very closely.

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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 seller claims that the watch was recently serviced prior to being listed here for sale.

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Seller VintageWatchFam
Auction Number 299
Location New York City
Brand Rolex
Model DateJust
Reference Number 1601
Movement Automatic, Rolex Cal. 1570
Year 1970
Dial Silver "Wide Boy"
Case Width 36mm
Case Material Stainless Steel
Band Material Stainless Steel
Clasp Type Deployant
Original Box No
Original Papers No
Seller Type Dealer

Buy for: $4,480.00

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