1969 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Grey Dial

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 wonderful starting point for a new vintage collector and is always a great addition to an expanding collection.

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This specific 1969 Datejust Ref. 1601 retains its original Grey "Pie Pan" stick marker dial and original white gold fluted bezel. 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. This specific example just received a complete overhaul and is running flawlessly!


Stock # RLXDJ160169-2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 20XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Grey
Millimeters 36
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The excellent case retains strong and symmetrical lugs that show very little signs of use. The white gold fluted bezel is in excellent unpolished condition remaining sharp and showing almost no signs of use. The original caseback sticker is still attached to the case back and has faded from age. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The grey sunburst "pie-pan" dial with white markers is immaculate and has excellent visibility. The tritium lume plots have aged to a handsome golden-yellow coloration and under U.V. light inspection the lume plots show as full and round, without degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and show no lume loss or degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The closed 6 and 9 date wheel is era correct for this watch. 


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