1970 Rolex Datejust Ref.1601 Steel & Gold

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If you're looking for a vintage watch for daily use, the Rolex Datejust is apparently the first to consider! It combines basically everything you may ever need on daily basis: outstanding timeless design matching literally any outfit, perfectly balanced 36 mm size, waterproof capabilities of the famous Oyster family, and of course legendary precision and durability of Rolex automatic chronometer movements. 

This particular watch is notable for its yellow gold bezel and crown (a more common combination for this reference is white gold bezel and steel crown), strong case, and amazingly preserved sunburst dial with original intact tritium. Honest, beautiful, perfect for summer!

To make it even nicer we added our gorgeous Smooth Tan Zermatt Strap which works really well with bi-metallic design.  

All original parts. Technical warranty: 1 year.

Case:

  • 3-body case with screw-down case back. Mixed brushed and high-polished finishing. Screw-down crown, smooth stainless steel bezel.
  • Excellent condition, polished in the past. Showing little to no traces of use and minor scratches.
  • 36 mm (without crown) / 50 mm (lug-to-lug) / 20 mm (between lugs)
  • Original yellow gold crown signed with Rolex logo. 
  • Original plexiglass crystal

    Movement:

    • Precise automatic chronometer movement with date (non-quickset)
    • Cal.1575 signed "Cal.1570" and "Montres Rolex SA, Geneva Swiss, Adjusted 5 Positions and Temperature" 
    • Rhodium-plated, 26 Jewels, Kif-Ultraflex, 19800 A/h, 48 hours of power reserve.
    • Service history is unknown, however, the movement shows acceptable results on a timegrapher: 250 deg. of amplitude, +2 seconds a day, 1 ms of beat error.

    Dial:

    • Original untouched sunburst stepped dial in outstanding flawless condition. Showing basically no ageing. 
    • Raised golden Rolex crown at 12 o'clock. Signed "Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust" at 12 o'clock and "Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified" and "T Swiss T" at 6 o'clock.
    • Original luminous golden hands in excellent condition showing no ageing

    Delivery set:

    • The watch with our handmade Smooth Tan Zermatt Strap.
    • Our company’s warranty certificate, invoice and general terms and conditions.

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    Diameter without crown

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