Tropical 1973 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Blue "Cloudy Day" Dial

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and most beloved Rolex watches ever made, even though the Datejust was launched in 1945 it has remained a timeless classic and is instantly recognizable as an item of refined quality and functional design. The Datejust can be worn just as easily with a suit as it can be with jeans and a tee shirt.   

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This Rolex ref. 1601 from 1973 features a tropical blue dial with a stunning patina that closely resembles a cloudy sky on a sunny day. A truly one-of-a-kind example that is sure to be a conversation starter. This Datejust would make a great start for a new vintage collector or be a great addition to an expanding collection. We love the early Rolex Datejust for its simplicity and its classic sophistication. Perfectly worn in any setting from formal to casual.


Stock # RLXDJ160173-5
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 34XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Blue "Tropical"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet  Rolex 6251H Rolled-Link Jubilee W/ 55 End Pieces


The thick case is in excellent overall condition, showing light signs of honest use with symmetrical lugs that retain strong factory finishing. The white gold fluted bezel has been gently polished and remains crisp with only subtle signs of use. The Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces retains 21 links that show normal stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.


The stunning and original "pie-pan" blue sunburst dial has achieved a truly unique and breathtaking appearance. Apart from the tropical patina of the dial, no actual damage is present on the dial. The tritium lume plots have mostly changed to a golden color yellow color, under U.V. light inspection the 11 o'clock lume plot remains intact but displays light degradation, the rest of the lume plots remain untouched. The original hands have been professionally restored with tritium to match the dial. 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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