1977 Rolex Datejust Tiger Eye Ref. 1601

Year of issue: 1977
Reference number: 1601
Condition: mint
Status: sold
Dealer country: Dubai
Dealer name: Tariq Malik
Price in US $ n/a


Eye of the Tiger       - When it comes to gold Rolexes the first thing coming to our minds are Day Dates which were exclusively made in precious metals. Another watch that, also has variants in white, yellow and even pink gold is the Datejust. With a long standing history its one of the most iconic models by Rolex, which since 1945 exists in an unchanged design. White gold and pink gold examples are immensely rare  but even yellow gold examples are becoming scarce, especially when rare dials come into the picture, then the game changes. That being said, Datejusts since the early 1970s have been made with several stone dials too. To mention a few, Lapis, Onyx, Malachite, Bloodstone and Tiger Eye. One that complements a  yellow gold case most is the Tiger Eye dial which, given its natural properties, has gold color . This is a 1977 reference 1601, the last year of production for a plexi Glass Datejust. It is fitted with a flawless and beautiful Tiger Eye dial. The watch is overall in excellent condition for its age which a strong case retaining healthy lugs and a bracelet showing only little wear from age.

Brand Rolex
Model Datejust
Ref. No. 1601
Serial No. 5216xxx
Year 1977
Gender Gents
Case Size 36mm
Case Excellent unpolished case that is showing some wear from age. The lugs are well defined and remain straight and even. The fluted bezel is also in excellent condition not showing major wear from age. Case numbers are crisp and clear. The back of the 4' lug bears a 'C' hallmark which might stand for Caracas as the watch originates from South America
Bracelet / Strap Excellent and correct President bracelet with old style clasp. The bracelet only shows light stretch from age, the links are crisp and sharp
Dial Excellent and flawless Tiger Eye dial with TSwissT designation and matching hands. The dial pattern is beautiful with dark portions on the upper half making the Rolex OP Datejust nicely readable.
Price Sold
Crystal Acrylic
Movement Automatic
Functions Date
Condition Mint
Box No
Papers No


Tariq Malik


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.