1969 Rolex Cotton Bowl Commemorative Datejust Ref. 1603, Owned by Doug Knotts

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1969

Reference number: 1603

Serial number: 1425xxx

Condition: hardly worn

Status: available

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: 8,800

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The Texas Longhorns beat the Tennessee Volunteers 36-13 in the 1969 Cotton Bowl Classic. This watch has not only the distinction of being a unique commemorative of this historic game, but also boasts an additional bit of provenance- it was presented to and owned by coach Doug Knotts and has his name engraved on the case back.   Beyond its pedigree and history, the watch itself would be of interest to the initiated vintage Rolex collector. Note the stylized dauphine hands and beautiful, strong patina on the luminous. What a score! 36mm. Stock 42492


Joshua Bonifas


The year 1945 saw the birth of the Datejust, the first self‑winding wrist chronometer to indicate the date in a window on the dial. A watch of great distinction, the Datejust was equipped with a Jubilee bracelet created specially for it and a fluted bezel, making it immediately recognisable as a Rolex. It is the pillar of the Oyster collection. Initially for men, it became available in various models for women in the course of the following decade.