Rolex is considered as a pioneer of numerous innovations. Back in 1945, the Geneva watch manufacturer, just in time for its 40th anniversary, launched the Oyster Perpetual Datejust. As simple as it can be, the quick changing date is a milestone in the development of watches.
One of the first innovations of Rolex, which had a tremendous impact on the whole market, was the waterproof case, named Oyster Case – a case that was as closed as an oyster. This name and concept is still used nowadays, as well as the specific notched caseback, which can be opened only with a special tool. In 1931, Rolex launched the Oyster Perpetual that came with an automatic movement, wounded by a rotating mass. For more practicality Hans Wilsdorf integrated a new, simple but important feature: a display of the date. Under the reference 4467, the Rolex Datejust was born. And it was close to the actual edition: a 3-hand gold watch with a date aperture at 3 o’clock that changed automatically at midnight. Thanks to an intermediate gears and a spring mechanism, the date disc was able to make an instant jump at midnight. The date was just, all the time.
At the beginning, one of the main characteristic of the Rolex Datejust was missing: the date magnifier. It is only in 1954, after nine years of production, that Rolex introduced the so-called Cyclops lens. At the beginning only yellow gold was available. Then Rolex decided to introduce rose gold, steel or two-tone editions. The bezel was also slightly different at that time as, instead of the fluted design, Rolex was using a coin-style bezel.
This watch is dated 1977 with a distinctive fade dial, moving from brilliant blue centre to black edges. The bezel is fluted and all components are original. It comes with a secondary certificate of authenticity. Enquire for more details and additional photographs.
Model Number: 1601
Scope of delivery: Secondary Authenticity Certificate
Condition: (2) Excellent
Condition Detail: Recently polished to be in mint, as-new condition on casing (new photos to be uploaded). A small amount of peeling of lacquer around Rolex emblem on bezel (photos available on request)
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