1978 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) Blue 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.   

Vintage Rolex DateJust Ad

This specific Rolex ref. 1601 from 1978 features a blue dial which is both stunning and very uncommon, this Datejust 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.


Stock # RLXDJ1601-78
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 51XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial Blue
Millimeters 36
Bracelet  Rolex 62510J "D-Link" Jubilee Bracelet W/ 555 End Pieces


The impressive case shows signs of being very lightly polished in the past, though the lugs remain very thick and symmetrical with light signs of use. The white gold fluted bezel is in wonderful condition, showing minimal signs of use. The later Rolex 62510H bracelet with 555 end pieces retains 22 links that show some stretch from use.


The blue sunburst "pie-pan" dial is stunningly beautiful and in remarkable condition, there is a light aging spot above the L in Rolex. The lume plots have aged to a handsome ivory patina and are in excellent condition, with no degradation visible under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and exhibit no degradation when inspected under U.V. light. The metallic date wheel is era correct with open 6's and 9's.


None. The watch was just serviced and running at COSC spec, backed by a 1-year warranty of accurate timekeeping.