Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603 - Grey Sigma 'Wideboy'
Hard to believe - but the Datejust has been around since 1945. It is far older than its bigger and attention-hogging Submariner brethren. The Datejust was Rolex’s idea of the perfect everyday watch. The robustness of the Oyster case, combined with the elegance of an Oyster Perpetual. The ‘4 digit’ series of Datejust are particularly attractive for their pie-pan dials which offer a layer of three-dimensionality to the dials that went away with the advent of quickset date and 5-digit Datejusts. These early Datejusts were available as the 1601 - with a fluted white gold bezel, or the 1603 - with an engine-turned steel bezel, like the present example. The 4-Digit series is also the first Datejust to become available in a myriad of colors and styles.
This watch is an example of the 1603 reference - with its signature engine turned bezel. Kicking it up a notch, it was ordered new with a grey sunburst dial! With perfect lume plots and and almost no signs of dial wear, which is common on these types of dials, the rarity factor is dramatically increased. The sunburst finishing is a very beautiful and subtle technique - especially when the light hits it just right! This dial also features 'Wideboy' hour markers which have more visual punch and are more commonly seen on the Day-Date models. Fitted to a 1972 Rolex Folded Link Oyster this is an incredible everyday wearing vintage watch for the person who wants something a little more special than a standard fare Datejust.
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting
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