1973 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Silver "Sigma 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. This Datejust can be worn just as easily with a suit as it can be with jeans and a tee-shirt. This piece would make a great start for a new vintage collector, or be a great addition to an expanding collection.

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This 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 Rolex Datejust for its simplicity and its classic sophistication. Perfectly worn in any setting from formal to casual. 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 # RLXDJ1601-73/5
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 34XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Silver "Sigma"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 62510H Jubilee Bracelet W/ 555 End Pieces


The strong case has been lightly polished in the past and retains full and symmetrical lugs that show light signs of use. The white gold fluted bezel is in excellent condition and has taken on a charming patina. The Rolex 62510H Jubilee bracelet with 555 end pieces retains 20 links and exhibits light stretch from use. 


The silver sunburst "pie-pan" sigma dial is beautifully well-preserved, showing no damage or major signs of age. The tritium lume plots have aged to a handsome creamy patina and display no degradation under U.V. light inspection.  The original tritium hands have aged slightly darker than the dial and match the overall aesthetic of the watch. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


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