1968 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Matte Black 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. 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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The matte black "pie-pan" dial is an absolute favorite amongst collectors when discussing the Rolex Datejust, though it can be exceptionally elusive. Often talked about and rarely seen this matte black dial Rolex ref. 1601 Datejust is an exceptional example, from this exquisite dial and hands to the unpolished white gold fluted bezel, this Datejust is ready and suited for any occasion. 


Stock # RLXDJ1601-68/4
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 18XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Matte Black
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H Rolled-Link Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The thick case appears to have been minimally polished in the past and retains symmetrical and even lugs that display light signs of use. The unpolished white gold fluted bezel is in stunning condition, showing almost no signs of previous use. The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces retains 22 links that show some stretch which is normal for the style and age of the bracelet.


The matte black dial is in exceptional original condition and features rare and aesthetically attractive silver text. The tritium lume plots have aged to a charming yellow patina, under U.V. light inspection the 1 o'clock lume plot remains intact but does exhibit some minor degradation, the rest of the lume plots are fully intact. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with closed 6's and 9's which is common in this era.


None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.