Rolex Datejust 1601 Two-Tone
Why We Love it
Why We Love it–
There are certain watch designs that have become, for lack of a better word, timeless. The Rolex Datejust, introduced in 1945, has been worn by presidents and luminaries, and there's a good reason why. Its beauty and elegance is regarded as a horological classic, its relentless timekeeping unparalleled, and its versatility makes it at home in both casual and luxury environments.
The original Datejust, a Reference 4467, was the world's first wristwatch to incorporate a date disc and aperture at 3 o’clock. The Reference 4467 bore a distinctive bracelet, which gained the nickname "jubilee" due to its introduction during Rolex's jubilee 40th anniversary. The design of the Datejust remained more or less unchanged until 1954, when the cyclops magnifier over the date window was introduced, and has since become a signature Rolex design cue.
While the typical Datejust in steel can be dressed up or dressed down, this particular example, a Reference 1601, is one of the more stunning expressions of the classic line. The two-tone configuration pairs a base stainless steel Oyster case with a fluted gold bezel and crown, making it a decidedly dressier watch. Fitted with a gold-toned linen texture dial with gold hour markers and matching hands, this isn't your average Datejust.
Where so many watches can be a little too big here, or a little too small there, the Datejust is just right, embracing the wrist with its thin and tapering 36mm case. And while recent horological trends have favored large wristwatches, the classic Datejust has remained at 36mm, a pleasantly stylish option that fits the bill.
There's a magic to the Datejust's simple design, a timelessness that speaks to how true style never dies.
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Shipping & Returns
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 1601 Two-Tone