Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 1601 | Sigma Linen | steel

Ref. 1601

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This Rolex Datejust (ref. 1601) is a classic vintage sports watch. It has its original, linen ‘sigma’ dial with subtle patina on the tritium index lume-plots. It also has its original, white-gold baton handset.

Launched by Rolex in 1945, in celebration of the brands 40th Anniversary, the Rolex Datejust was the first self-winding wrist chronometer to indicate the date in a window on the dial. Since this introduction, the Datejust has become one of the most iconic and popular watches in the Rolex catalogue. It was described alongside the Rolex GMT and Submariner, in the brands marketing materials of the time as “a bit of both, and a substantial character at any level”. With its understated look and size, it offers a practical, everyday alternative to Rolex’s other highly-purposeful tools watches - Chronometer certified, waterproof, with a near-perfect aesthetic balance.

The Datejust combined many of Rolex’s most successful innovations, including Rolex’s two-piece, screw-down case. In 1926, the ‘Oyster’ case became the very first waterproof wristwatch case to be produced serially, as well as the first fully-integrated waterproof case overall. This particular case dates to 1972 (serial 314 XXXX).

The dial of this Rolex Datejust is in exceptionally good condition, has a linen silver finish, applied index markers, with classic 'ROLEX’ and ‘OYSTER PERPETUAL DATEJUST' text referenced on it. The tritium dots on the T-Swiss-Made-T dial are all present, and show the same light patina as the handset. It also has its Rolex crown and comes equipped with its original Jubilee bracelet and clasp.

Inside the watch, it houses Rolex’s calibre 1570 ‘Officially Certified Superlative Chronometer’ grade automatic movement. The mechanism features a lever escapement, 26 jewels, mono-metallic balance and KIF shock-absorber, beating at a rate of 19,800 BPH. A distinctive characteristic of Rolex’s Cal. 1570 is the use of brightly-coloured, pink reverser gears in the automatic winding module. The unique colouration is created using Teflon, a branded form of Polytetrafluoroethylene, as a coating, resulting in far less friction.

Viewings can be arranged in Central London by appointment only.

Brand: Rolex
Model: Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref. 1601
Movement: mechanical automatic Cal. 1570
Functions: date, hours, minutes, centre seconds
Features: unrestored dial, linen sigma dial
Case: 36 mm stainless steel
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: Rolex jubilee bracelet
Year: 1972
Box & papers: N/A
The Oyster case is in excellent condition. The brushing on top of the lugs is consistent, while the spring-bar spaces show little sign of elongation. The jubilee bracelet similarly, shows little sign of stretch. The polished, machined bezel is sharp and gives the watch an appropriate minimalist feel. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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