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Brand: Rolex
Model Name: Datejust
Nickname: Oyster Perpetual Datejust

Year: 1966
Stock #: 1831
Reference #: 1603
Serial #: 129XXXX
Dial: Silver Pie Pan Dial
Bezel: Engine Turned Bezel
Case Size: 36mm
Band: Jubilee
Material: Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic
Water Resistant: Yes

New/Preowned: Preowned
Box and Papers: No, no
Condition: Mint Movement
Serviced: Yes

Price: $5,995.00

About the Watch

We love everything about this Oyster Perpetual Datejust (ref. 1603) from its lustrous engine turned bezel Rolex no longer produces, to the pie pan dial. This vintage timepiece features rarer elegant 'leaf hands' as opposed to the typical baton hands which most commonly appear on this model.

Every watch collector knows, no detail is too minute to discuss. That said, the hyphen between "Oyster-Perpetual" on this watch speaks directly to the age of this timepiece and is perfectly aligned with Rolex serial number dating. A Datejust featuring this hyphen are exclusively particular to Rolex models produced in the 1960s

About the Brand

Founded in 1905, Rolex has since grown to be one of the most iconic, recognizable, and luxurious watch brands in the world. Seeking to succeed independently from the jewelers he had been collaborating with in London, Hans Wilsdorf relocated to Switzerland in 1908. There, the brand's iconic name “Rolex” came to be — supposedly because Wilsdorf thought it was easy to pronounce and sounded like a watch being wound.

Obsessed with precision and accuracy, Wilsdorf worked hard to fit his timepieces with quality movements that would surpass the test of time. After gaining some popularity, Rolex relocated once again — this time to a watchmaker's town in Geneva. In 1926 they released the Oyster case, the world’s first water-resistant case, complete with an airtight, screw-down crown. In 1931 Rolex patented a self-winding mechanism called a Perpetual rotor — and the Oyster Perpetual was born. This caliber of innovation and creativity paved Rolex's trajectory to the prestigious, industry-leading brand they are today. A number of Rolex references — like the Daytona, Submariner, Datejust, and GMT Master — are among the most sought-after vintage watches of all time. To date, Rolex is the largest manufacturer of certified Swiss-made chronometers. Both their new and vintage watches — many of which increase in value as they age — are considered a mark of prestige, a good investment, and one of the best watches in the world.