Rolex Datejust Ref. 1601 - Blue Sunburst, Alpha Hands
There are levels to collecting. For starters, this is a solid-gold Datejust which makes it incredibly rare to begin with - Rolex did not make a lot of these so it didn’t compete with its more expensive sibling, the solid-gold only Day-Date. Not only is this one such example of a solid gold Datejust, but this is an early example with attractive alpha hands and a stunning blue sunburst dial.
This belongs to 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. The 4-Digit series is also the first Datejusts to become available in a myriad of colors and styles, which is wear this blue sunburst comes into play. The blue plays incredibly well off of the solid yellow gold case, and the early alpha handset that is so prized by collectors really sings against that bright blue coloring.
Top it all off with a beautifully preserved case and you end up with a special Rolex that almost nobody else is likely to have on their wrist - go find another!
*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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