1972 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Grey "Ghost" Dial

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and 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 satin grey “pie-pan” dials with white text, also known as “Ghost” dials, are among the most sought-after and highly celebrated dial variants within the 4-digit Datejust reference range. The “Ghost” dial derives its nickname from the white text that seamlessly disappears and reappears depending on the watch's angle. This optical effect gives these Datejust a truly unique appearance while on wrist that oozes with “if you know you know” style.


Stock # RLXDJ160172-6
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 31XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless steel
Dial Grey "Ghost"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 6251H "Rolled-Link" Jubilee Bracelet W/ 55 End Pieces


The thick case has been gently polished in the past and retains symmetrical lugs that exhibit honest wear from use. The white gold fluted bezel is in excellent and crisp condition showing minimal signs of previous use. The original Rolex 6251H rolled-link Jubilee bracelet with 55 end pieces is stamped 2/71 and retains 21 links that show normal stretch for the style and age of the bracelet and will fit up to a 7 1/2-inch wrist.


The sought-after and truly beautiful "pie-pan" satin grey "Ghost" dial is in very well-preserved condition, showing minimal signs of gentle age at the edges of the dial. 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 all remain intact and feature a handsome creamy patina, though light degradation is present throughout the lume plots when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium hands have aged a few shades darker than the dial, under U.V. light inspection the hour hand features light degradation and is stable, the minute hand remains fully intact. The metallic date wheel is original with open 6's and 9's.


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