1971 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1603) "Masonic Linen Dial" W/ Boxes & Double Punched Papers
This 1971 Datejust ref. 1603 is deeply exciting, as it features the most well known Freemasonry symbol of them all, the 'Square and Compasses' insignia. The symbol’s origin is believed to have come from the stonemasons’ guilds during the middle ages. In many English speaking countries, the Square and Compasses are depicted with the letter "G" in the center. The "G" is said to have a variety of meanings, depending on the context. It is most commonly believed that the G stands for either God, Geometry, or both. Geometry is described as being "the basis upon which the superstructure of Freemasonry and everything in existence in the entire universe is erected", as well as the "noblest of sciences".
The square and compasses insignia dial on this Datejust was clearly fashioned originally by Rolex, as it replaces the usual and factory placed 'Officially Certified Superlative Chronometer' text which normally appears above the 6 o'clock marker. There have only been very few of these Masonry dials to surface, and this one is accompanied by a hand engraving of the original owner's name and Freemason lodge on the case back.
Although Rolex is known for selectively placing logos on their dials; Pool Integral and Domino's Pizza as some more common examples, the Masonic dial is one of the most interesting and alluring as it is so seldomly seem as it is in collaboration with one of the most secretive fraternities in the world. Adding to the authenticity and history of this Datejust, it is accompanied by its original Rolex Guarantee paper, serialized guarantee booklet, translations papers, and inner and outer boxes. Making this already collectible anomaly for Rolex, all the more worthwhile.
|Dial||Silver Linen "Masonic"|
|Bracelet||Rolex "U.S.A Made" Oval-Link Jubilee Bracelet|
This strong and symmetrical case is believed to have been lightly polished in the past and shows honest but minimal signs of use. The stainless steel engine turned bezel reveals some minimal signs of age, but remains in excellent shape overall. The case back remains in untouched condition, retaining its original Masonic hand engraving in remarkable and legible condition. The original "U.S.A. Made" Rolex Jubilee bracelet shows "sleeve polish", moderate stretch, retains 19 links, and is in excellent vintage condition overall.
This beautiful and original silver linen dial is in superb condition, revealing no signs of age. The Masonic square and compasses insignia and dial text is also in excellent and unaltered condition. The lume plots on the dial have taken on a lovely creamy golden patina, under U.V. light inspection the 3 o'clock marker exhibits degradations and the rest of the lume plots remain fully intact and round. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The date wheel is correct with open 6's and 9's.
This Masonic Datejust ref. 1603 comes complete with its original Rolex inner and outer boxes, Rolex guarantee paper and guarantee booklet, and translation papers. The watch is functioning perfectly and keeping time, the previous service history is unknown.