1976 Rolex Datejust Yellow Gold Rare Lapis Dial Ref. 1601
The Lapis Datejust - this Datejust is one rare watch. Stone dials in general appear in 5-digit Day Date references, none of them are known to ever have been fitted into 4-digit Day Date references. The only 36mm reference fitted with stone dials is the 1601 and like on the Day Date examples, the stone dials were only fitted in precious metal cases. The watch dates to 1976 and is in incredible condition. The case is strong and well defined showing sharp edges. The full length bracelet is in very good condition and matching to the case, its hard to believe that its 45 years old. The dial on this is insane. The original Lapis dial is in excellent condition, not showing any wear from age. The surface is immaculate and free of any chips, hairlines or cracks. A Lapis Datejust is something else, the lack of the Day window when compared the Day Date makes this simply mesmerizing
|Model||Datejust 18K rare Lapis dial|
|Case||Very good 18K case that is showing light wear from age. The lugs remain straight with healthy proportions and crisp edges. The fluted bezel is in very excellent condition|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent 18K Jubilee bracelet showing light stretch from age. The links are crisp and well defined. The clasp is stamped with a matching 1976 code.With 21 links the length is full|
|Dial||Excellent and flawless Lapis dial free of any sort of scratches, cracks or hairlines. The gilt print is very prominent and harmonizes well with the Lapis dial. The hands are original|
Released in 1945 to celebrate the brand’s 40th anniversary, the Datejust was the first automatic chronometer wristwatch to indicate the date through a window on the dial. The Datejust is characterized by its date window under the ‘cyclops’ window. Iconic vintage Datejusts were made in 36mm case diameter, with a range of steel and precious metal versions.