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Rolex “1601 Obsidian” Datejust



Up for grabs is an incredibly rare and stunning 18kt yellow gold Rolex Datejust, reference 1601, circa 1971-72.  This particular dial is fitted with a very rare Obsidian dial.

Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass, formed once lava cools rapidly.  When the supplier of the obsidian stone delivered to Rolex, the volcanic glass with cut into very thin slabs.  When cut so thin, the glass structure went from opaque in color, to nearly translucent.  Once the glue was applied from the stone to the dial baseplate by the supplier, a black dye was added, and as the glue/dye would settle, the stone would form individual and unique patterns/colors.  A similar technique and process is used on the popular Mother-of-Pearl dials (which is why they are able to appear as different colors).

This Rolex Datejust is in great vintage condition.  The case has been polished in the past, but retains thick and even lugs.  Further, the uniquely-aged Obsidian dial shows no cracks, scratches or wear.

Very few of these Obsidian dials surface to market, as they are amongst the most unique and coveted variants around, making this a rare opportunity to own one!

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Cal. 1570


18kt Yellow Gold