1978 Rolex Datejust (Ref. 1601) "Buckley 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. These excellent Roman numeral marker dials, or "Buckley" dials, differentiate themselves as true collector items with painted numerals as opposed to the more commonly seen applied marker, along with matching black hands. The Buckley dials were made famous after a Rolex collector coined the term.

This specific 1978 Datejust ref. 1601 is classic, clean, and stylish. The sought-after white Buckley dial has a unique and handsome look. The watch is accompanied by its original white gold fluted bezel and paired with a handcrafted leather strap appropriate for any setting.

Stock # RLXDJ1601-78/2
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 50XXXXX
Size Men's
Material Stainless Steel
Dial White Buckley Dial
Millimeters 36
Bracelet 2pc Handmade Leather Strap



The excellent case is believed to remain unpolished, displaying crisp factory finishing and dimensions through the lugs. The white gold fluted bezel shows signs of being lightly polished in the past and is in excellent overall condition. The case back remains unpolished as well. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.


The beautiful "pie-pan" matte white "Buckley" dial is in very impressive condition, showing no spotting or damage with only a slight amount of age in some areas of the outer minute track. The tritium lume plots have taken on a handsome creamy yellow coloration, under U.V. light inspection the 2 and 6 o'clock lume plots feature some very minor degradation the rest of the lume plots exhibit no degradation. The original tritium hands match the dial nicely and show 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 recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.