White Gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust With Black Gilt Dial Ref. 1601

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Year of issue: 1961

Reference number: 1601

Serial number: 735XXX

Condition: hardly worn

Status: sold

Dealer country: United States

Price in US $: n/a

Watch details

Datejusts in white gold are very rare birds. And when they come with the beautiful glossy, black gilt dial they really make incredible watches. They were mostly ref 1601, although very few sapphire crystal ref 16019 do exist. Here is a beautiful example from 1961, featuring a mint MKI tightly fluted bezel.


Alessandro Ciani


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.