Stunning 1971 Steel and Gold Rolex Oyster Datejust 1601 Buckley Dial Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

We are working with a UK based collector who has asked us to market a selection of his watches. As part of the offer each watch has had a full service and refurbishment by the UK’s leading watchmaker, Steven Hale Watch Restoration. Each watch will come with a 2 year guarantee from Steve Hale and a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity by Sonning Vintage Watches.

This is a stunning example of the steel and solid gold (bezel and bracelet inserts) Rolex Oyster Datejust from 1971. The solid steel and gold case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear. The original and extremely rare crisp white ‘Buckley Dial’* – please see below – is again in excellent condition. The very high grade ‘chronometer’ standard automatic movement has been fully serviced by SHWR. The beautiful and extremely rare steel and gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet is again in excellent condition and a good size (please advise your wrist size when ordering). The end pieces have the references of 455 and 50 and the deployment clasp has 62523 H18 (meaning the gold inserts are solid 18ct gold) and ST3 dating it to the mid 1990’s (bracelets were often changed and the current one has very limited sag and we guarantee it’s genuine Rolex).

We also have a wrist video of the watch and if you’d like a copy please advise your What’s App number.

This is a beautiful example of an iconic watch and will, if history is any judge, provide a great investment (we cannot guarantee future values).

* Rolex have produced hundreds of dial styles over the years and many have been given nicknames by collectors and enthusiasts. The Buckley dial is perhaps the oddest… It was believed to have been created as a homage to earlier dials with painted hour numbers as against the more modern (1960’s onwards) batons and to be frank wasn’t very popular at launch and many were changed to baton dials (nobody knows if Rolex destroyed or changed them in Switzerland). As Rolex became more and more collectable it was realised these, a little like the Swiss only dial, were rare and very desirable. John Buckley himself was a New York Rolex dealer and as a joke went onto the main Rolex forum suggesting Rolex should call this style the Buckley dial. The name stuck and to this day, for no other reason, it has become known as the Buckley Dial.


The Case

The solid steel and gold case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear. The case measures 36mm across, excluding the gold Rolex crown and 43mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland’, ‘Patented Stainless Steel’, ‘1601’ and the age reference is ‘IV.71’.


The Movement

The very high grade ‘chronometer’ standard automatic movement has been fully serviced by SHWR. The movement is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Twenty Six 26 Jewels’, ‘Adj. to 5 Positions and Temp’ and the calibre is ‘1570’. The movement number is ‘722622’.


The Box, Papers and Sonning Warranty

As with the majority of pre-owned watches that are 10 years or older, this particular watch does not come with its original paperwork. The watch is 100% genuine and rest assured we provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all the watches we sell.

Although there is no original paperwork, we do provide a written invoice and 3 page insurance valuation with the pictures of the watch and all available reference numbers. We also give a 12 month warranty on all our watches. We also stock a good selection of vintage watch boxes to help complete your purchase.


About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.


Why Purchase a Watch from SVW

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!


Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.


The Conclusion

This is a rare and highly collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. We will provide an insurance valuation in excess of our asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location we’ll happily show the watch.

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