1968 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Lavender 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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Worn with ease in any setting, the Datejust is a classic for a reason. We love the early Rolex Datejust for its simplicity and understated sophistication and this example is no exception, featuring a beautiful and rare lavender "pie-pan" dial.


Stock # RLXDJ1601-68/5
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 18XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Lavender
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The excellent case retains strong, thick, and symmetrical lugs that exhibit no notable elements of previous over-polishing and exhibits honest wear from use. The white gold fluted bezel is in crisp condition with gentle signs of use present. The case back also remains in crisp condition with light wear present. The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces is stamped 1/69 and retains 22 links that show normal stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to an 8-inch wrist.


The original and uncommon lavender "pie-pan" dial is simply beautiful with a subtle purple coloration. The dial exhibits some elements of age, but no scratches or notable damage. The tritium lume plots have taken on a charming ivory patina, under UV light inspection most of the lume plots remain fully present though there is degradation in the 3, 6, 7, and 8 o'clock plots. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly, under UV light inspection both the hour and minute hands display some cracking in the lume, but retain most lume and remain stable. The metallic date wheel is original with "open" 6's and 9's.


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

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