1973 Rolex Two-Tone Datejust (Ref. 1601) W/ Box, Papers, & RSC Paper

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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There's so much to love about this early 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 fluted bezel, desirable lume patina to the original box and papers. This is a perfect dress piece that sets itself apart from the crowd as an understated statement of individuality!


Stock # RLXTTDJ1601-73
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 33XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS/14K YG
Dial Champagne
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex Two-Tone 7836 Oyster Folded-Link Bracelet W/ 258 End Pieces


The exceptional case retains sharp edges and strong finishing on top of the lugs, it shows evidence of being very lightly polished in the past and retains symmetrical and thick lugs that minimal signs of use. The 14k yellow gold fluted bezel is in excellent condition and has seen light polishing in the past. The original stainless steel and 14k yellow gold Rolex two-tone 7836 folded-link Oyster bracelet with correct 258 end pieces retains 13 links that show subtle stretch from use.


The champagne sunburst "pie-pan" with "ghost text" has aged to a convincing taupe coloration and is in exceptional condition, showing almost no signs of age. The tritium lume plots have achieved a beautiful yellow coloration and exhibit no degradation under U.V. light inspection, remaining full and round. The original gold tritium hands are remarkably well preserved and match the dial patina perfectly, showing no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic gold date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


The watch comes complete with its original inner and outer boxes, Rolex passport sleeve, original guarantee paper with caseback sticker attached, Rolex service card from 2007 and service booklet, translation pamphlet, and Oyster booklet. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, back by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.