Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust Ref.1603 c.1967

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The Watch

The Datejust has remained Rolex’s mainstay model since the brand introduced it in 1945. When it comes to popularity, the steel Oyster case and Jubilee bracelet combination is at the top of the pecking order for its sleek appearance and versatility. When paired with a silver pie-pan dial, the result is an elegant Rolex for any occasion that will never go out of style.
This specific 1967 Datejust Ref. 1603 retains its original silver "Pie-Pan" dial and original engine turned bezel, perfectly suited for everyday wear. This piece would make a great start for a new vintage collector, or be a great addition to an expanding collection.

Beating away inside the 36mm Oyster Case is the iconic 1570 automatic movement, which is regarded as one of the best movements Rolex ever produced. The 1570 has been fully serviced and is ready for daily wear.
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The Specs

Age:  1967.
Reference: 1603.
Serial Number: 1XXXXXX
Movement: Automatic with Date Function.
Calibre: 1570.
Timekeeping: Keeping very good time.
Service History: Serviced August 2022
Dial: Original Rolex Silver "Pie Pan" Factory Dial.
Case: All Stainless Steel
Measurements: Without/With Crown: 36mm/38.5mm End of lug to lug: 43.7mm
Bezel: Wonderful Engine Turned Bezel.
Water Resistant?: No.
Hands: Original Handset.
Crystal: New Correct Crystal fitted during Service. Original will come with the Watch.
Crown: Original.
Strap/Bracelet: Original Rolex Jacoby-Bender USA made Jubilee Bracelet. Approx 7.75in fit with one spare link.
Lug Width: 20mm

Getting Acquainted

Bits that stand out:
- Wonderful Silver "Pie Pan" Dial.
- The most versatile Rolex out there?
- Original Jacoby Bender Jubilee Bracelet.
-  Excellent Quality Movement.
-Engine Turned Bezel.
Nitty Gritty:
-Some very minor Scratches throughout the Case and Bracelet.
- Bracelet is quite worn with a fair bit of give but will still do a Service.
- Small speck on the Dial above the 8.
- The Case appears to have been lightly polished at some stage in its 55 year existence.

Overall the Datejust is in Lovely Vintage condition.
The Case and Bracelet have some small marks but nothing major at all. The Bracelet has a fair bit of give and is worn.
Crown screws down nicely and tightly.
Crystal was replaced during service. Original comes with the Watch.
Bracelet will fit up to approx 7.75in Wrist, with one spare link.
The Dial is in fantastic Vintage Order and looks absolutely fantastic on the Wrist. There is one small speck by the 8.
Fantastic everyday Rolex and Investment.