1968 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1603) Taupe 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 the seldom-seen and incredibly attractive taupe sunburst dial.


Stock # RLXDJ1603-68/2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1603
Serial 21XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Taupe
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The excellent case appears to have been only gently polished in the past as the lugs retain very thick and symmetrical dimensions with light signs of use. The stainless steel engine-turned bezel is in excellent unpolished condition with only gentle signs of previous use. The case back retains crisp finishing throughout. The Rolex 6251H Jubilee bracelet retains 22 links that show moderate stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7.25 inch wrist.


The stunning taupe sunburst dial is exceptionally well-preserved and beautifully unique on wrist. The lume plots have aged to a lovely eggshell patina and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly with no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch is keeping time perfectly, previous service history is unknown.