Tropical 1966 Rolex Two-Tone Datejust (Ref. 1601) Gilt Dial

$ 5,950

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic and beloved Rolex watches ever made. Launched in 1945, it has remained a timeless classic, instantly recognizable as an item of true quality and functional design. The Datejust’s exemplary style makes it an extremely versatile choice, worn just as easily with a suit as with jeans and a t-shirt. The Datejust would make a wonderful starting point for a new vintage collector and is always a great addition to an expanding collection.

The early Rolex Datejust is a watch grounded in sophisticated simplicity, with all the hallmarks of an elevated timepiece while retaining the functionality we've come to expect from Rolex. The glossy gilt dial offers a classy and artisanal aesthetic that is defined by its depth in appearance, centered around the yellow gold fluted bezel, and classic Oyster case. Any Rolex Datejust would make for an exceptional addition, however for the more discerning collector, the early gilt dial examples rain amongst the most desired within the Datejust hierarchy.


Stock # RLXTTDJ1601-66/2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 14XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel / 14K Yellow Gold
Dial Glossy Gilt "Tropical"
Millimeters 36
Strap 2pc Handmade Leather Strap


The strong case retains thick and symmetrical lugs that exhibit minimal signs of previous polishing and light signs of use. The yellow gold fluted bezel is in excellent condition, showing minimal signs of polishing and light signs of gentle wear. The watch comes supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The original glossy black "gilt" dial has achieved an incredibly beautiful tropical patina consisting of color hues ranging from chocolate brown to a deep maroon color. The dial exhibits an attractive dimensional texture from spidering that is even throughout, with no notable signs of delamination or damage while retaining the original glossy finish of the dial. The "gilt" printing and text are in perfect condition. The tritium lume plots have taken on a golden-beige patina and exhibit no degradation when inspected under UV light. The yellow gold tritium hands coordinate with the dial nicely, under UV light inspection the minute and hour hands do exhibit some cracking from degradation and remain stable. The metallic date wheel is original with "closed" 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.