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Rolex Datejust 1601, 1978

Rolex Datejust 1601, 1978

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Rolex Datejust 1601, Circa 1978

Transport yourself to 1978—a year when the disco beats of the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" had everyone on their feet, and the cinematic universe was captivated by Star Wars. In the midst of these cultural landmarks, this very special Rolex Datejust 1601 was emerging from the Rolex workshops, ready to embark on nearly 50 years of service before it arrived here today.

The Timeless Elegance of Design
The Rolex Datejust 1601 transcends fleeting trends. Encased in a 36mm dimension, it epitomizes the quintessential dress watch. The harmonious blend of gold and steel brings a refined touch of opulence while ensuring resilience. The dial, adorned with baton hour markers and featuring a beautiful pie pan design, echoes an elegance that remains as captivating today as it did in the 70s.
The Heartbeat: Caliber 1570 Movement
Powering this masterpiece is the Caliber 1570 movement, a descendant of Rolex's pioneering 1500 series. Esteemed models such as the iconic 5512 Submariner and the Explorer ref. 1016 also entrusted their ticking hearts to this movement. A noteworthy feature of the 1570 in this model is its hacking mechanism, introduced in 1972, enabling precision time setting.
A Timeless Accompaniment - The Jubilee Bracelet
The accompanying jubilee bracelet, in this case the bi-metal reference 62523H, lends this Datejust its signature flair. The artful composition of five links—two broader brushed links bordering three polished ones—have become an instantly recognisable design. This isn’t merely an attachment; it enhances the Datejust, reinforcing its timeless charm.

Your Next Timeless Companion?
For those who appreciate enduring design and seek elegance with a distinctive edge, this bi-metal Rolex Datejust 1601 beckons. Feeling intrigued? Don't hesitate; these rarely hang around for long. Immerse yourself in its history, relish its elegance, and let this Rolex narrate your personal chronicle. Have questions or wish to know more? As always, don’t hesitate to reach out; we're here to help.
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Key Information

Rolex Datejust 1601, 1978

Technical Information

Key Information:

  • Brand: Rolex
  • Model: Datejust
  • Ref.: 1601
  • Year: 1978
  • SKU: 1937


  • Movement Calibre: 1570
  • Movement Type: Automatic
  • Case Size: 36mm

Box and Papers:

  • Our Own

Condition Report

Condition Report presented in overall good vintage condition. The dial, possibly professionally refurbished in the past, remains in excellent shape. The glass is in overall good condition with just a couple of marks, mainly to the edges but barely noticeable. The case, remains in overall good condition. The movement is clean and just back from service and finally the watch is fitted to a Jubilee bracelet, reference 62523H. This remains in fair condition showing some stretch as expected for its age but remains comfortable to wear.

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