Rolex Datejust 1601 'Saudi Armed Forces'

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Over the years, mostly during the '50s until the '80s, Rolex has made many dials with logos and military insignas. Primarily, for the Arab market. Probably, the logo dial started as a special order from a good client, became more popular and finally, Rolex made these dials as gifts for their best customers. The 'Saudi Armed Forces' dial were gifted to government officials from Saudi-Arabia.The 1601 - Datejust from stainless steel with 18k white-gold fluted bezel - that we have for offer has a white dial with the Saudi Armed Forces logo displayed above the 6-hour position. The hour markers and hands are from 18k yellow gold and this is something we see often with watches issued to Arab countries. This has probably to do with the fact that in the Islam it's prohibited for men to touch and wear gold ornaments on their skin. However, for most watches issued to muslim countries, the gold is on the dial (hour markers and hands) and there is a glass (in this case, plexi crystal) over it, so the man wearing it isn't touching the gold. This watch dates back to 1978, is powered by the calibre 1575 and comes on a stainless steel 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.Reference 1601The Datejust 16xx-series were produced between the '60s and the '70s. If you are looking for a vintage ‘daily beater’ this might be the perfect watch for you. They are affordable, user friendly and possess a timeless elegance that can be combined with basically, any outfit and every occasion. The Datejust usually comes on a Jubilee bracelet (which was especially designed for this watch). The reference 1601 has an 18k white-, yellow- or rose-gold fluted bezel and the case is from steel or gold. There is a wide variety of dial colours and configurations. Typical for Datejust models from this era are the pie pan dials: dials that look like upside-down pie pans because of the concentric ring that slopes downwards from the flat centre.


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