Rolex Datejust Gloss Gilt Vertical Brush Tropical Dial

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- Ref. 1601
- Serial 385XXXX, 1974
- Deep tropical brush-effect Dial
- Oyster bracelet 73860 with 501 endlinks
- Rolex service papers from 2007 
- Freshly checked by our watchmaker
- Incl. one Watch Strap of your choice*


We love the iconic Datejust at Bulang and Sons and believe it is a watch to watch! This 1601 would be special enough with its gilt, glossy dial. It is extra special, however, due to the fact that the black dial has turned a deep brown so-called tropical colour. The tropical dial displays different shades of brown when the light catches the watch at different angles…it’s just so cool on the wrist. This is a very desirable watch that will work for all occasions. The watch retains a strong case and retains its original fluted bezel in very nice condition. Additionally, in 2007 the watch was serviced by Rolex and the supporting documentation will be supplied. The watch has been checked over by our watchmaker and is ready for summer fun!

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Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial

Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial

Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial

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Gilty Pleasure 

When Black Turns Brown

Early black dialed watches from Rolex feauture, what collectors refer to as, gilt dials. The gilt dials feature a glossy finish like a black mirror. The text and outer minute markers on these dials are a gold colour – hence the term gilt. The colour is actually the brass dial base showing through, as the dials were printed with the text ‘in relief’. When this black paint ages, it can turn brown in unique and unpredictable shades – the tropical effect.

See how the color changes between the hard cold flash light and when the sun hits the dial.  

Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial

Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial

Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial

Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial



The Datejust is one of the most versatile watches that a vintage watch collector can own. Mix and match your watch on a range of leather straps to suit your mood or occasion. Check out our article here celebrating the iconic and legendary Rolex Datejust.

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Rolex Datejust Black Vertical Brush Dial

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