Rolex Datejust 1600Rolex Datejust 1600

Rolex Datejust Ref. 1600 Full set

A lot is already written about Datejust and its history. A dear former colleague of ours Thomas van Straaten wrote a book about The vintage Datejust 1945-1990, a buyer‘s & collector‘s guide. We highly recommend it.

The first steel version of the Datejust made its debut in 1957, up till then they wear only available in 18k gold. Ref 1600 is rarer than ref 1601/1603, the smooth bezel differs from the fluted bezel on the other refs. 1600s are relatively unusual and are truly the most simplistically elegant of the line.

This particular Datejust ref 1600 dates from 1971 and has a stunning silver sunburst dial. Equipped with an Oyster bracelet, giving it a more sporty look. And to make thing seven better it comes with the original box, papers, and service papers. Indeed, a very rare find.

We would love to tell you all about it at our boutique at Reestraat 3 Amsterdam

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Brand Rolex
Movement Automatic
Model Datejust
Diameter 36 mm
Reference 1600
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Year of production (circa) 1971
Lug Width 20 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Service papers, Original box & papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver

The Rolex Datejust is one of the most iconic watch designs ever made. We try not to use the term “iconic” too liberally, but it is surely justified here. Launched back in 1945 as the Ref. 4467, the design has been only marginally updated every now and then. And it has looked fresh and current ever since.

When it comes to vintage, two generations of Datejust are particularly popular; the Ref. 16xx and the later five-digit references. The 16xx models were made from the fifties until  roughly 1978 and feature a beautifully dimensional pie-pan dial. Many of these came on folded jubilee bracelets and they did not yet feature a quickset date.

When the reference was updated to five digits around 1978, the pie-pan dial was replaced by a flat dial. The caliber was updated to now feature a quickset date. A decade later, in 1988, a new update saw the introduction of a sapphire crystal. For us, this is where vintage Datejust becomes modern Datejust.

Countless variations can be found. Different bezels, bracelets, dial colors, sizes and materials. The Datejust is one of the most beloved and versatile watches around. If you are looking for a one-watch-collection, that works equally well with shorts as it does with a three-piece suit, the Datejust is probably a pretty safe bet!


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36 mm



Lug Width

20 mm

Set Content

Original box & papers, Service papers