1970 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) No Lume Grey "Linen 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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This specific ref. 1601 from 1970 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. Perfectly worn in any setting from formal to casual. The grey "Linen" dial is uncommon and very much desirable among the vintage Rolex collector community as it is striking and gets its nickname from the texture of the dial pattern which is reminiscent of linen cloth.


Stock # RLXDJ1601-70/3
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 24XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Grey Linen
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet Rolex 6251H Rolled-Link Jubilee With 55 End Pieces


The previously polished case retains even lugs, showing light wear from use. The white gold fluted bezel has been lightly polished with light wear. The caseback is stamped III.70 The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces exhibits normal wear and stretch for its age.


The uncommon non-luminous grey "pie-pan" linen dial is in good vintage condition with a nice warm hue, there is slight wear on the outer part of the dial only visible under loupe.  The "linen" dial creates a wonderful depth and is eye-catching in the sunlight. The original non-luminous hands are solid and remain in excellent condition. The silver date wheel exhibits close 6's and 9's, believed to be replaced at an early service from Rolex.


None. The watch is keeping time at spec. Extended service history is unknown.