*Unpolished* 1973 Rolex Two-Tone Datejust (Ref. 1601) Linen Champagne 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. The Datejust can be worn just as easily with a suit as it can be with jeans and a tee-shirt. The Datejust would make a great start for a new vintage collector, or be a great addition to an expanding collection. 

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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.

There's so much to love about this 70s Datejust reference 1601! This two-tone example is especially well preserved and delivers everything you want from an early dress watch, from the excellent yellow gold fluted bezel, and desirable lume patina to the sigma linen dial. This is a perfect dress piece that sets itself apart from the crowd as an understated statement of individuality!


Stock # RLXTTDJ1601-73/2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 34XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS / 14K YG
Dial Sigma Champagne Linen
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex Rolled Link Two-Tone Jubilee W/ 455 End Pieces


The unpolished case is exceptionally well preserved, showing strong factory finishing and dimensions throughout and honest signs of use. The yellow gold fluted bezel is also in excellent unpolished condition with light signs of use. The Rolex rolled-link two-tone Jubilee bracelet with 455 end pieces was sourced on the watch and retains 20 links that show moderate stretch from use.


The original sigma champagne linen dial is in exceptional original condition and shows no signs of age or damage. The tritium lume plots have taken on a lovely golden patina to match the dial and display no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The original tritium yellow gold hands match the dial perfectly and remain fully intact when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic gold 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.