1968 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601-3)

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. The Datejust would make a great start for a new vintage collector, or be a great addition to an expanding collection.

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This specific 1968 Datejust ref. 1601-3 retains its original silver "pie-pan" dial and original engine turned bezel, perfectly suited for everyday wear. This piece 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.


Stock # RLXDJ16031-2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601-3
Serial 23XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver 
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex Rolled-Link Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The excellent case has been lightly polished in the past and retains very full and symmetrical lugs that exhibit light signs of honest use. The stainless steel engine turned bezel is in excellent condition with no major signs of use. The Rolex 6251H Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces is stamped 4/71 and believed to be original to the watch and retains 22 links that show normal stretch for the style and age of the bracelet.


The silver sunburst "pie-pan" dial is in exceptional original condition with no aging or damage present. The tritium lume plots have taken on a vibrant yellow patina and display no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial nicely with no degradation present when inspected under U.V. light. 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.