*Unpolished* 1978 Rolex Two-Tone Datejust (Ref. 1601) Satin Lemon 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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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, including the excellent yellow gold fluted bezel and very sought after, rare satin yellow or "lemon" dial. This is a perfect dress piece that sets itself apart from the crowd as an understated statement of individuality!


Stock # RLXTTDJ1601-78
Brand Rolex
Style Datejust
Model 1601
Serial 52XXXXX
Size Men's
Material SS / 14K YG
Dial Satin Yellow "Lemon"
Millimeters 36
Bracelet Rolex 62523H 14 Two-Tone Jubilee W/ 455 End Pieces


The stunning case is believed to remain unpolished, retaining factory finishing and dimensions throughout with only light signs of use. The yellow gold fluted bezel is unpolished as well, with no major signs of use. The original two-tone Rolex 62523H 14 "D-Link" Jubilee bracelet with 455 end pieces retains 22 links that display minimal stretch for the style of bracelet.


The original and rare statin yellow or "Lemon" dial is in flawless original condition, and the yellow gold markers have developed a gorgeous rose patina. The tritium lume plots display no degradation under U.V. light inspection and have taken on a lovely golden coloration to match the dial. The original tritium hands match the dial perfectly and have achieved a similar rosy patina to the markers on the dial. 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.