1971 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) No Lume Gray "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 1972 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 gray "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 # RLXDJ160171-2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 28XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Gray Linen
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet Rolex Rolled-Link 62510H Jubilee W/ 55 End Pieces


The excellent case is believed to remain unpolished, retaining very full and even lugs that show honest wear from use. The white gold fluted bezel also remains unpolished showing some wear. The Rolex 62510H Jubilee rolled-link bracelet with 55 end pieces remains in excellent overall condition, retaining 22 links and showing normal stretch for a bracelet of this era. 


The rare gray "linen" non-luminous "pie-pan" dial is beautiful and in flawless condition. The "linen" texture of the dial creates a unique depth that is eye-catching in the sunlight. The original hands are filled with black enamel to match the markers of the dial. The silver date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


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