my vintage watches

The Rolex 1601 Date-Just is a thing of class. One thing I never got before I owned one was how superbly the watch is built. Having gone through so many brands of Swiss, Japanese, American, and German-made watches, it still astounds me how much better the guys at the King Factory can pull it off. 


I'm going to be writing an article on picking the 1601 soon, but let me start here with this grand example of a dress watch. Stud here takes the black-gold combination onto a solid white gold fluted bezel, a combination more commonly seen in the smaller ref 6694 (that one comes with a polished stainless steel bezel of course). 


The thick yellow gold baton markers stand out prominently on the dial, exerting a kingly force outwards almost making the bezel appearing a pale gold in contrast. On the dial are the faded tritium lume dots, still nice and fat on the dial in their original configuration, matching with those on the yellow gold hands. 


The case holding the magnificant face looks unpolished to my eyes, the lugs long and thick, the sides showing slight signs of use from over the years. Underneath you still see the cuts from the bracelet on the lugs, no doubt switched for leather to make it more comfortable for the wearer.


And it has a history too, should my watchmaker be believed. This was the first Rolex of a retired pharmacist, who found that wearing a watch while taking care of children is a hassle and decided to sell it.


Not the best of tales, but I'll take it over "it came with the lot of the watches you see on display."

"Stud" - 1976 Rolex 1601 Oyster Perpetual DateJust

  • Specifications

    • Hour, minute and seconds hands with date window
    • Black factory dial with printed words, lume dots and applied gold baton indices
    • 36mm stainless steel case
    • 42mm lug-to-lug
    • 20mm lug width
    • Rolex Perpetual 1575 automatic movement @ 19,800vph
    • Ser. 4394558 (1976) 
    • Acrylic crystal with cyclops window at 3'O
    • Brown aftermarket leather strap

    This is a consigned watch. This watch will be shipped via FedEx International Door-to-Door.


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