1973 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) No Lume Sigma "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 1973 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 both 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. A Sigma dial is a Rolex dial named for the letters printed at the bottom of the dial at the 6 o'clock position. Most Rolex dials are commonly marked with “T Swiss T,” under the 6 o'clock marker, however, a Sigma dial is marked “σ T SWISS T σ.” This signifies the use of gold components within the dial.


Stock # RLXDJ1601S73
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 32XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS
Dial Silver Linen
Millimeters 36mm
Bracelet 2pc Leather Strap


The previously polished case remains in excellent condition exhibiting very full and even lugs. The white gold fluted bezel is in stunning unpolished condition. Watch will come supplied on a 2pc leather strap of your choosing.


This sliver sigma "linen" non-luminous "pie-pan" dial is both rare and stunning. The "linen" dial creates a wonderful depth and is eye-catching in the sunlight. The white gold indexes are in excellent condition exhibiting no wear or corrosion. The original solid hands are in excellent condition and match the unique aesthetic of the no-lume dial. The silver date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


The watch was fully serviced and running at COSC spec backed by a 1-year warranty on the movement.