Rolex Datejust Ref. 1603 - Near New, Full Set
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.
The present example is made special by its condition. While at first glance this is just a silver-sunburst Datejust - take a closer look. That is an unpolished, untouched case. Flip it over - that is an original Rolex case back sticker. With the Datejust being the model that Rolex designed for everyday used - it is shocking to see a watch that was seemingly never worn! Preserved with it’s boxes and papers and full suite of materials you almost wonder what the story may have been. A gift that was never given? Maybe for a celebration that never occurred? Was it lost in the back of somebody's safe?
While we may never know that - what we do know is this is essential a new 1974 Rolex Datejust - and that is not something you see anymore! Aside from its perfect case and bracelet, the dial is as well-preserved as you would expect - featuring perfect pumpkin lume plots - with no signs of dial wear. There is no question that you should want this watch - but to wear, or not to wear - THAT is the question.
*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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