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Rolex Datejust 1601 'Red Jasper'
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Among the various Rolex gemstone dials, Jasper is one of the most beautiful and sought after.
Jasper is an aggregate gemstone, often consisting of quartz and chalcedony, that is known for its smooth and opaque surface. The vast majority of jasper stones used by Rolex for its precious gemstone dials are made from its dark green variety. Much rarer, though, is this beautiful vibrant red version with burnt orange undertones.
Stone dials are beautiful due to the natural variation of the stones used, but they’re also quite fragile. Many of them have developed cracks or rips over the years. Therefore, a flawless dial will increase the value greatly. This one is free from hairlines, cracks, or other undesirable marks.
Typically, stone dials are found in Rolex’ most luxurious model: the Day-Date. It is rare to find one cased in a precious metal Datejust, especially a beautiful 18K rose gold variant like this. Yet, this is actually the perfect configuration as the simple Datejust dial—featuring only a date window and forgoing any hour markers—leaves plenty of space for the gemstone to shine. Moreover, the warm reddish tone of the case and bracelet are the perfect accompaniment for the red Jasper.
This beauty from the 1970s is in excellent condition with a sharp case and a rare 18K rose gold Jubilee bracelet.
Rolex DatejustIn 1945 Rolex created the flagship Datejust to mark the company’s 40th anniversary. This model was the world’s first self-winding wristwatch with a date indication. With the Datejust, Rolex also introduced the iconic 5-piece Jubilee bracelet, first in solid gold and later in bicolor and stainless steel. On the 10th anniversary of the Datejust in 1955, the magnifying ‘cyclops lens’ was introduced on the Datejust.