1966 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1603) Silver Linen 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 ref. 1603 from 1966 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. The silver "Linen" dial is uncommon and very much desirable among the vintage Rolex collector community as it is striking and gets its nickname from the texture of the dial pattern which is reminiscent of linen cloth.


Stock # RLXDJ1601-66/3
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1603
Serial 14XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver Linen
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex "U.S.A. Made" Jubilee Bracelet


The excellent case has been previously polished and retains full, symmetrical lugs that show light signs of use. The stainless steel engine-turned bezel displays light signs of use and appears to have been very gently polished in its past. The Rolex "U.S.A. Made" Jubilee bracelet retains 20 links that show normal stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 1/4-inch wrist.


The "pie-pan" silver linen dial is in flawless original condition, showing no damage or age whatsoever. The tritium lume plots have achieved a beautiful golden-yellow patina and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged to a dark, near-black patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with "closed" 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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