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1972 Rolex Datejust 1601 with original black dial

Black dial watches are the hardest to find that are both in good condition, and original to the watch, and here is one that ticks even more boxes.

This vintage Rolex Datejust 1601 dates from 1972, and was made in stainless steel and fitted with the 18 carat white gold bezel.

Measuring the iconic 36mm across plus the Rolex screw down crown, this is the perfect size to wear at anytime of the day or night, and always look and feel so good on the wrist.

The dial is what will certainly make this watch stand out from other vintage Rolex watches. To begin with it is all original and not only this, it is not a repainted or serviced dial, making this such a wonderful find to have.

And the dial is referred to as a "pie-pan" dial where at the very edge of the dial, it angles down. This term was actually first used on Omega watches, however is now widely accepted for any dial with this unique feature.

Fitted on a stainless steel Rolex Jubilee band, inside the watch is fitted with the 26 jewelled automatic Rolex calibre 1570. The Rolex calibre 1570 is regarded as one of their finest movements that they produced, and this Rolex has just come back from being serviced by our in-house watchmaker who himself used to work for Rolex, and of course the watch runs perfect, and comes with our twelve month warranty. Having our own watchmaker on site in our brand new state of the art watchmaking workshop, allows us to be able to service the watches all on site without having to send them interstate or overseas which is the trend lately. Not only are we able to service our watches, but please bring your watch or pocket watch in for us to provide you with a free quote to service it.

This is a fantastic example of a vintage Rolex watch that simply ticks all the boxes.


Stock# W2052

Maker: Rolex

Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust 1601

Circa: 1972



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1972 Rolex Datejust 1601

1972 Rolex Datejust 1601 with original black dial


Where can I service my Rolex watch in Sydney?

Kalmar Antiques now employ a Rolex trained watchmaker on site!

When we expanded and renovated our store in late 2022, we put in not only a full watchmaking and polishing workshop, but a watchmaker who used to work for Rolex for nearly seven years. This allows us to be able to service your Rolex to Rolex standards, as well as other watch brands such as Omega, Cartier and Patek Philippe to name a few.

A brief history on the Rolex calibre 1570.

The Rolex calibre 1570 was released in 1965 and used until 1974. It is a certified chronometer movement (COSC) automatic movement with 26 jewels. With a 48 hour power reserve, it is fitted with a Kif Ultraflex shock system and a free-sprung Breguet hairspring.

The 1570 series of movements was used for the Rolex Datejust, the Rolex Date 1500, the Rolex Explorer, and the Rolex Submariner.

The Rolex 1570 series of movements (including not only the Rolex 1570, but also the 1575), have long been regarded as one of their finest movements.

How often should I service my Rolex?

We recommend to service your Rolex every five years. If you wear the watch in water, we strongly suggest having your Rolex watch, or any watch for that matter, pressure tested once a year.

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