1968 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1603) 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 its understated sophistication and this example is no exception, featuring a beautiful and rare lavender "pie-pan" dial.


Stock # RLXDJ160368-2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1603
Serial 18XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Lavender
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The thick case is in excellent overall condition, featuring symmetrical lugs that whos light signs of use. The stainless steel engine turned bezel is in crisp unpolished condition. The watch is fitted with a domed acrylic crystal, a cyclops acrylic crystal can be fitted to the watch upon request. The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces retains 20 links that show moderate stretch for the style and age of the bracelet.


The original lavender "pie-pan" dial is simply stunning, showing an obvious purple coloration throughout. The dial shows some minor aging spots and is in overall excellent vintage condition. The full and round tritium lume plots have aged to a charming yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged a shade darker than the dial, under U.V. light inspection the hour hand shows some minor lume loss, the minute hand remains fully intact. The metallic date wheel is original with closed 6's and 9's which is correct for this era.


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