Rolex Datejust 1601 ‘Saudi Armed Forces’


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.

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