1972 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) No Lume Silver "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 silver "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 # RLXDJ1601-72/2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1603
Serial 30XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Silver Linen
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet Folded Link 62510H Jubilee With 55 ends


The case retains thick strong lugs that show signs of normal wear and a light polishing. The white gold fluted bezel remains unpolished, showing little to no wear. The case back is stamped I.72. The Rolex 6251H Jubilee bracelet remains in excellent condition exhibiting some stretch which is normal for this bracelets style and age and retains 22 links. 


The rare sliver "linen" non-luminous "pie-pan" dial is absolutely stunning and in original condition. The "linen" dial creates a wonderful depth and 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.