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Vintage Rolex Datejust 1601 with very rare indices circa 1961


Vintage Rolex Datejust for sale in perfect condition

very rare dial and hands, early flat bezel


Vintage Rolex datejust ref 1601

For sale is this very rare and early datejust from the beginning of the 1960’s. Typical for these early 1601 watches are the leaf hands / dagger hands together with a flat fluted bezel which is more distinguished  compared to later bezels. The hands and bezels are often changed at Rolex service which makes it hard to find an original example. The case of this 18k gold Rolex is in very good shape, it has been gently polished in the past but still remains it strong lugs and body. The condition of the early fluted bezel is just perfect.


A beautiful and rare Radium dial

Till the mid 1960’s it was very common to use Radium as luminous material for watches. Later on dial manufacturers started to use Tritium and Luminova which we see in today’s modern watches. As the production and application of Radium dial and hands is very dangerous, rolex stopped using Radium for their dials or service dials after 1965. The piece we offer for sale still has it’s original Radium dial. It shows a nice patina and it has very rare markers, especially at the 6′ and 9′ o clock. These oval faceted markers are only seen on very early datejust watches.


A gentlemens gold watch or classic ladies watch

The Rolex Datejust has been designed for men in the 1950’s. With it’s 36mm case size it’s a very gentle watch which could be worn on a suit but casual as well. We fitted the watch on a casual vintage leather strap but can supply it with a classic alligator strap as well.

despite the fact the watch has been designed for men it could be worn by the classic lady as well. With today’s standard of bigger and bigger watches a 36mm case may be the perfect case size for the lady.


For more information about this very elegant and classic Rolex Datejust, contact us now


Vintage Rolex Datejust
  • Rolex 1601 datejust
  • year 1961
  • rare original radium dial & hands
  • 18k solid gold
  • 36mm case (without crown)
  • 1560 automatic movement
  • full original condition
  • 1 year guarantee


For more information about early Rolex watch, radium dial and hands and how to buy a vintage rolex, we recommend you to visit the following page written by Rolex expert Phillip Stahl

Vintage Buyers Guide by Phillip Stahl



Buying, Selling and Hunting Vintage Timepieces

Buy or Sell Vintage Rolex watches @ Vintage Times Amsterdam. For our collection and clients we are constantly looking for nice vintage watches as Daytona, Submariner, Datejust, Explorer and other models. Please contact us if you have a vintage Rolex watch for sale




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