1970 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Grey "Ghost" 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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The "Ghost Dial" Datejust's are one of the most sought-after dial variants in the 16XX series of Rolex Datejusts. The grey dial with white text has received the nickname "Ghost Dial" as the white text printed on the dial in certain light blends into the medium grey finish. The "Ghost Dial" dial is a medium grey and not to be mistaken with the more commonly seen grey sunburst dial that has a more metallic-like look making This dial variant not only rare but highly sought-after by the vintage Rolex collector community!


Stock # RLXDJ160170-3
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 25XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Grey "Ghost"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H "Rolled-Link" Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The excellent case retains full symmetrical lugs that appear to have only been very lightly polished in the past. The white gold fluted bezel is in sharp unpolished condition and shows almost no signs of use. The inside of the case back is stamped III.70. The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces is stamped 1/71 and retains 20 links that show normal stretch. 


The satin grey pie-pan "ghost" dial is exceptionally well preserved, showing no blemishes or age marks. The dial is a pale grey coloration that blends with the white text at certain angles which creates the sought-after ghost effect. The tritium lume plots have aged to a wonderful yellow coloration which contrasts off the dial nicely, under U.V. light inspection the 11 o'clock lume plot is degraded and the rest of the lume plots remain in perfect condition. The hands are late luminova service replacements. The silver date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


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