1969 Rolex Datejust 18K YG (Ref. 1601) Champagne "Wide Boy" Sigma Dial

$ 9,350

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and most beloved Rolex watches ever made. Launched in 1945, it has remained a timeless classic, instantly recognizable as an item of advanced quality and functional design. The Datejust’s exemplary style makes it an extremely versatile choice, worn just as easily with a suit as with jeans and a t-shirt. The Datejust would make a fantastic starting point for a new vintage collector and is always a great addition to an expanding collection.  

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This 18K yellow gold 1969 Datejust ref. 1601 is fitted with a unique champagne Sigma dial that features a sought-after dial layout, commonly referred to as the "Wide Boy" as the marker and hand configuration are much wider in look and design than the typical stick markers and baton hands more commonly found on Datejust references of the same era. Perfectly worn in any setting from formal to casual. A Sigma dial is a Rolex dial named for the letters printed at the bottom of the dial at the 6 o'clock position. Most Rolex dials are commonly marked with “T Swiss T,” under the 6 o'clock marker, however, a Sigma dial is marked “σ T SWISS T σ.” This signifies the use of gold components within the dial.


Stock # RLXDJ1601YG-69
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 20XXXXX
Size Men's
Material 18K Yellow Gold
Dial Champagne Sigma "Wide Boy"
Millimeters 36
Strap 2pc Handmade Leather Strap W/ Rolex Gold Plaque Tang Buckle


The 18K yellow gold case retains strong dimensions with thick and symmetrical lugs that show minimal signs of previous polishing and honest signs of gentle use. The 18K yellow gold fluted bezel exhibits features crisp finishing with light signs of use present. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap with a Rolex gold plaque tang buckle.


The champagne sunburst "pie pan" Sigma "wide boy" dial is virtually flawless, showing no damage or apparent age. The tritium lume plots have achieved a lovely golden patina with no degradation present under UV light inspection. The original "wide boy" hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under UV light.  The metallic gold date wheel is original with "closed" 6's and 9's which is correct for this era.


None. The watch is keeping time, but the service history is unknown. A movement service can be provided upon request.