1960 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) 18K Rose Gold

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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Vintage Rolex watches cast in 18k rose gold are elusive and coveted for a reason. During this era Rolex only produced rose gold pieces as special orders and they were not standard inventory for Rolex. The rose gold creates a wonderful presence for Rolex dress models, taking the flashiness of yellow gold out of the equation while not flying too far under the radar as white gold watches can sometimes be.

We love the early Rolex Datejust for its simplicity and its classic sophistication. This 1960 Datejust Ref. 1601 in 18k RG is in exceptional condition, retaining its original silver SWISS only "Pie Pan" dial with rose gold markers. The case is in beautiful condition and the uber-rare rose gold rivet bracelet completes the watch's look.


Stock # RLXDJRG1601-60
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 742XXX
Size Men's
Material 18k Rose Gold
Dial Silver
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 18K Rose Gold "Big Logo" Oyster-Rivet Bracelet W/ 76 End Pieces


The stunning 18k rose gold case is in extremely impressive condition, showing crisp angles and lines with minimal signs of use throughout. The 18k rose gold fluted bezel is also in crisp condition, showing no notable knicks or signs of use. The original 18k rose gold "Big Logo" Oyster rivet bracelet with 76 end pieces is stamped 2/60 and retains 12 links that exhibit no stretch from use.


The beautiful silver sunburst "pie-pan" dial features beautiful rose gold dagger markers and shows light spotting on the dial from age that gives the watch a handsome vintage aesthetic. The radium lume plots all remain intact with no visible degradation, and have achieved a lovely golden coloration. The original rose gold alpha hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degrdation under U.V. light inspection.


None, the watch is running and keeping time, previous service history is unknown.