Tropical 1963 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Gilt Dial

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and beloved Rolex watches ever made. Launched in 1945, it has remained a timeless classic, instantly recognizable as an item of true quality and functional design. The Datejust’s exemplary style makes it an extremely versatile choice, worn just as easily with a suit as with jeans and a t-shirt. The Datejust would make a wonderful starting point for a new vintage collector and is always a great addition to an expanding collection.

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The early Rolex Datejust is a watch grounded in sophisticated simplicity, with all the hallmarks of an elevated timepiece while retaining the functionality we've come to expect from Rolex. The glossy gilt dial offers a classy and artisanal aesthetic that is defined by its depth in appearance, centered around the white gold fluted bezel, and classic Oyster case. Any Rolex Datejust would make for an exceptional addition, however for the more discerning collector, the early gilt dial examples rain amongst the most desired within the Datejust hierarchy.


Stock # RLXDJ1601-63/3
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 93XXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Glossy Gilt "Tropical"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H Rolled-Link Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The well-preserved case retains very thick and symmetrical lugs that exhibit minimal signs of previous polishing and light signs of use. The white gold fluted bezel is very crisp, showing no notable signs of polishing and minimal signs of gentle wear. The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces is stamped 4/62 and retains 21 links that show normal stretch for the age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.


The original and stunning glossy gilt dial has achieved a sought-after tropical patina and is in near-flawless, exceptionally preserved condition. The dial retains a mirror-like glossy finish with no spider-cracking present, the only element of true age is out-of-sight at the very edge of the right side of the dial. The gilt printing and text are in perfect condition. The tritium lume plots have achieved a charming golden patina and exhibit no notable degradation when inspected under UV light. The original tritium alpha hands coordinate with the dial nicely, under UV light inspection the minute hand shows some minor lume loss and remains stable, the hour hand exhibits no degradation. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping. 

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