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Hello all,

A friend of mine came to me trying to sell what I see as an ooold Datejust. It es a SS/gold model.. Model#1601, serial#2838825.. He is selling for $2500.. To me it sounds hi! Also I noticed it had a saphire crystal fitted odly, since I think it was originally Mica(Plexi).. Also the inside of the bracelete clasp it reads "stainless steel, Rolex, 14K trim, USA"..

Can someone tell me a bit of history on this model... Tipe of gold used, crystal type, date of manufacture, etc???

Ed
 

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This 1601 should have a " plastic crystal version" as we say in the vintage world..

What personally I think has happened was that someone down the line added a sapphire conversion kit for the 1601 Datejust. I have converted a 1601 I used as an daily wear some years ago, Cas-Ker watch materials sells that kit.

Being a watchmaker I did the conversion. One needs the taller crystal gasket and sapphire crystal and a crystal press and this set up is even waterproof.

The serial#2838825 puts it arond 1968-69 and the type of gold is probly 14 K..

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It also can be mentioned that even if you see the USA markings on the
bracelet, that does NOT mean that the bracelet is fake (i.e non-Swiss)
This was actually quite normal for certain models back in those years
but as far as I know - 'only' sold in the USA.
 

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It also can be mentioned that even if you see the USA markings on the
bracelet, that does NOT mean that the bracelet is fake (i.e non-Swiss)
This was actually quite normal for certain models back in those years
but as far as I know - 'only' sold in the USA.
Good point, this was done to circumvent custom taxes.

Arthur
 
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