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Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601/8 - Rose Gold w/ Prototype Olive Green Dial

Sale price$46,950.00 USD

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. The 4-Digit Datejusts wear also the first series to become available with a myriad of dial colors and case and bracelet materials.

This particular piece, for starters, is a solid-gold Datejust, which are rare to begin with, full stop. Rolex did not make a lot of these so it didn’t compete with its more expensive sibling, the Day-Date, which were exclusively produced in solid gold.

But the story here, is really the Prototype Rolex Dial…

The dial fitted inside this stunning (and rare) rose gold case, is a prototype dial — something that seldom surfaces on the open market. It features a vertically-brushed finishing with an olive green gradient, applied rose gold indices, and brown printed text and minute markers on the outside edge. Aside from the color, has a few interesting things to note: It does not feature the "Superlative Chronometer" text found on the lower half of the dial and it is devoid of the “SWISS” signature almost always found at the bottom of the 6 o'clock position. It is also worth noting that the back of the dial features the usual Singer stamp — the hallmark of the Singer Dial company that was producing Rolex dials during this era.

Now let’s discuss the outstanding case and bracelet: Of the all-gold Datejusts, rose gold is the absolute rarest of them all, with this being one of the most stunning examples. It remains in unpolished condition with thick lugs all around and well preserved factory finishing on the tops of them. It is paired with an incredible, tight matching rose gold Jubilee bracelet with a signed blade clasp in matching condition to that of the case.

This is an extremely rare opportunity to grab a piece of Rolex history as ultimately, this dial never made it into production.

Rose Gold 1966 Automatic Dress

"As collectors themselves, Oliver and Clarke are on a mission to make buying vintage watches as painless as possible."

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From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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