1977 Rolex Datejust Tiger Eye Ref. 1601
Eye of the Tiger - When it comes to gold Rolexes the first thing coming to our minds are Day Dates which were exclusively made in precious metals. Another watch that, also has variants in white, yellow and even pink gold is the Datejust. With a long standing history its one of the most iconic models by Rolex, which since 1945 exists in an unchanged design. White gold and pink gold examples are immensely rare but even yellow gold examples are becoming scarce, especially when rare dials come into the picture, then the game changes. That being said, Datejusts since the early 1970s have been made with several stone dials too. To mention a few, Lapis, Onyx, Malachite, Bloodstone and Tiger Eye. One that complements a yellow gold case most is the Tiger Eye dial which, given its natural properties, has gold color . This is a 1977 reference 1601, the last year of production for a plexi Glass Datejust. It is fitted with a flawless and beautiful Tiger Eye dial. The watch is overall in excellent condition for its age which a strong case retaining healthy lugs and a bracelet showing only little wear from age.
|Case||Excellent unpolished case that is showing some wear from age. The lugs are well defined and remain straight and even. The fluted bezel is also in excellent condition not showing major wear from age. Case numbers are crisp and clear. The back of the 4' lug bears a 'C' hallmark which might stand for Caracas as the watch originates from South America|
|Bracelet / Strap||Excellent and correct President bracelet with old style clasp. The bracelet only shows light stretch from age, the links are crisp and sharp|
|Dial||Excellent and flawless Tiger Eye dial with TSwissT designation and matching hands. The dial pattern is beautiful with dark portions on the upper half making the Rolex OP Datejust nicely readable.|
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.