1972 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 1972 Datejust Ref. 1601 retains its original Grey "pie-pan" stick marker dial and is in excellent condition with its original Jubilee bracelet and 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. 


Stock # RLXDJ160173-4
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 31XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Grey
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H "Rolled-Link" Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The excellent case retains thick and symmetrical lugs that feature crisp finishing and light signs of use throughout. The white gold fluted bezel is in excellent unpolished condition, showing light signs of use. The case back is signed 1600 which is common and original as parts were interchangeable from Rolex factory in this era. The Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces is in very impressive condition, showing only mild stretch in its 22 links. The bracelet will fit up to a 7 3/4 inch wrist.


The grey sunburst dial is in near flawless condition with no notable wear or damage present. The tritium lume plots have achieved a vivid yellow patina and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and display no degradation when expected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


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