Rolex Datejust 'Onyx'

Regular price
$59,900
Regular price
Sale price
$59,900
REF 1601
Automatic
36 MM
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SKU AS06554
ref 1601
case size 36 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20
Includes Includes 18k Yellow Gold President Bracelet With Signed Hidden Deployant Clasp.
REF 1601
Automatic
36 MM
– Show less
SKU AS06554
ref 1601
case size 36 MM
movement Automatic Winding
approximate age 1970s
dial color Exotic
material Yellow Gold
style Dress
category Vintage
bracelet Metal
lug width 20 MM
Includes Includes 18k Yellow Gold President Bracelet With Signed Hidden Deployant Clasp.

Why We Love it

Precious metal Datejusts with factory stone dials are truly special pieces.

Built in very small numbers so as not to compete with its "Big Brother" Day-Date, solid gold Datejusts have been around since they were introduced in 1945, but are very scarce on the market today. We jump whenever we find a clean one - but finding one with a special factory dial such as this outstanding black Onyx stone example makes for a particularly good day!

This particular example, a Reference 1601, dates to circa 1975 and features a 36mm 18k yellow gold Oyster case, with a signed crown, a yellow gold fluted bezel, a magnified acrylic crystal, and a dial that is nothing short of breathtaking in its austerity. The depths of its inky black Onyx stone dial are completely mesmerizing.

Fitted to a matching yellow gold President bracelet with a signed hidden deployant clasp, this is a truly rare piece that doesn't come around all that often (less than its Onyx-dialed Day-Date sibling, in fact) - and something that we love to get some time with!

When only a gold Rolex will do, this Datejust is it — just with a bit of added flair!

Overall Condition

The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Black 'Onyx' stone dial is in equally excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Brand Story

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Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

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Our Pledge

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

Condition

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.

Warranty

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

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

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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.

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Rolex Datejust 'Onyx'

Rolex Datejust 'Onyx'

Regular price
$59,900
Regular price
Sale price
$59,900
Rolex Datejust 'Onyx'

Why We Love it

Precious metal Datejusts with factory stone dials are truly special pieces.

Built in very small numbers so as not to compete with its "Big Brother" Day-Date, solid gold Datejusts have been around since they were introduced in 1945, but are very scarce on the market today. We jump whenever we find a clean one - but finding one with a special factory dial such as this outstanding black Onyx stone example makes for a particularly good day!

This particular example, a Reference 1601, dates to circa 1975 and features a 36mm 18k yellow gold Oyster case, with a signed crown, a yellow gold fluted bezel, a magnified acrylic crystal, and a dial that is nothing short of breathtaking in its austerity. The depths of its inky black Onyx stone dial are completely mesmerizing.

Fitted to a matching yellow gold President bracelet with a signed hidden deployant clasp, this is a truly rare piece that doesn't come around all that often (less than its Onyx-dialed Day-Date sibling, in fact) - and something that we love to get some time with!

When only a gold Rolex will do, this Datejust is it — just with a bit of added flair!

Overall Condition

The case is in excellent condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use. Black 'Onyx' stone dial is in equally excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.

Brand Story

+
Though much younger than many of its heavy-hitting horological cousins, Rolex has been at the fore of contemporary watch design virtually since its inception in 1905 by founder Hans Wilsdorf. A veritable marketing genius, Wilsdorf understood the power of story, associating his watches with the most notable and intrepid athletes, explorers, soldiers and politicians of the 20th century. His efforts were clearly successful: Today, the word “Rolex” is nearly synonymous in the minds of millions around the word with “watch.”

From the early waterproof Oyster case of the 1920s through to the ultra-complicated Sky Dweller of today, Rolex models and innovations have captivated a global audience and permeated the zeitgeist unlike those of any other brand. Whether it’s a simple, time-only Air King, a function-first Submariner or a complicated GMT Master II for the jet set, a Rolex commands a certain respect on the wrist and says something about the discerning eye of its owner.

From the swimming of the English channel in 1927 to the scaling of Mt. Everest in 1953, Rolex watches have been associated with adventure for the better part of a century. Despite its association since the 1970s more with luxury and status than with commando operations behind enemy lines or sporting achievements, Rolex still makes one of the most robust timepieces available on the contemporary market. And the company continues to support scientific endeavors around the world.

Interestingly, for most of the firm’s history, Rolex largely did not produce its components in-house, including its movements. (Indeed, hand-wound Daytonas sold today at auction for eye-watering prices feature run-of-the-mill Valjoux movements that feature in watches from hundreds of other brands). It wasn’t until the early 21st century that Rolex became the vertically integrated manufacturing behemoth that it is today, purchasing everything from movement manufacturers to bracelet companies. (Notably, the Crown even forges its own gold.)

Whether one is attracted to the rich history of the brand or simply finds its products notable from an investment perspective, Rolex is a company whose wares are guaranteed to remain a benchmark for horological quality forever.

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

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

Condition

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.

Warranty

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

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

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