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Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603 - Grey 'Sigma Wideboy'

Sale price$5,350.00 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 were also the first series to become available with a myriad of dial colors and case and bracelet materials.

This particular piece, a Reference 1603, dates to circa 1971 and features a strong case with an 'engine-turned' steel bezel, and a sunburst gray 'Sigma' dial with less often seen 'Wideboy' indices and the handset to match. This piece comes fitted to an Oyster bracelet, which we think, suite the wider, stronger indices and handset very nicely. 

Love it or hate it, heres an excellent example!

Stainless Steel 1971 Automatic Dress

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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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