Rolex Datejust

SKU AS02750
SKU AS02750

Why We Love it

Why We Love It

It's hard to deny the long-lasting grip of the Datejust. Since its debut in the mid 1940s, the Datejust has remained a staple of Rolex's line and a mainstay of enthusiasts of the Crown, and not by accident.

The Datejust was designed to appeal. It was designed to work day in, day out, without exception. It was designed to be simple enough to disappear into the background, yet distinct enough to garner attention and admiration when it counts. The Datejust is a constant around which the world has rotated since 1945. 

But like most good things, the original expression of the Datejust hasn't survived; if you go into a Rolex boutique today, you won't see the svelte lines of the 36mm Datejust or the classic, understated dials we've come to associate with the model. In fact, the Datejust that worked alongside businessmen and entrepreneurs, dreamers and presidents has been all but relegated to the pages of the past. 

That's why strong examples of the true Datejust — the 36mm Oyster case with either a fluted white gold or machined steel bezel — command such a loyal following today. Examples like this, an early-1960s Reference 1601 with black dial and white gold bezel, have become benchmarks of class and style. Simple, yet refined, the 1601 Datejust is a watch with no apologies and no excuses. That's why, year after year, we keep coming back to these timeless watches.

The Story

Throughout Rolex's century of existence, the manufacture has produced an arsenal of classic designs that have essentially remained unchanged throughout the years. Though small cosmetic differences may arise (such as the addition of a date window, or changing the color of the dial), a Rolex still looks like a Rolex. Because with Rolex, it's not about innovation, but about refinement. 

The Rolex Datejust is an example of that ethos of continuity brought to life. With perfect proportions and a dial that's elegant in its simplicity, the Datejust is a horological icon. First released in 1945--the 40th "Jubilee" of the founding of Rolex--and in continuous production for the decades since, the Datejust is Rolex's most prolific and enduring model.

To be fair, the look of the Datejust has changed subtly over the years, but in material more than in form. Upon its release, the Datejust was available only in precious metals. But by the mid-1950s it was made in stainless steel.

The Datejust is the ultimate go-anywhere, do-anything watch. On a steel bracelet (we prefer the classic Jubilee bracelet, featured here) it exudes elegance; on leather, refinement; and on nylon, a kind of toughness that only Rolex can have. It inhabits a space somewhere between sporty and dressy, suitable to every occasion. 

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Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.


Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.


We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns


All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Rolex Datejust

Rolex Datejust

Rolex Datejust


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