Rolex Datejust 1603 Silver Sigma Dial
Payment method : Credit Card or Bank Transfer
Oyster Perpetual Datejust
Oyster Jubilee Bracelet 6251H with 55 end
Approx 19cm (22 Links)
Watch and Bracelet
No Box/No Paper
The watch has been completely serviced by our watchmaker recently
Not polished in the service
1-year Mechanical Warranty by us
Global shipping via FedEx International Priority
The Datejust is Rolex's signature automatic watch. It was born in 1945.It is widely known as a watch that anyone can recognize at a glance due to its distinctive appearance.
The Datejust mechanism, which instantly changes the date at midnight, is regarded as one of Rolex's three greatest inventions, together with the Oyster case and the automatic Perpetual mechanism, and the Datejust collection is the culmination of all these features.
Reference 1603 is a vintage model manufactured from the 1960s to the late 1970s.
It looks a little similar to the Datejust reference 1601, but the difference is that this 1603 has a stainless steel engine-turned bezel, while the 1601 has a solid gold fluted bezel.
The engine-turned bezel, which is more finely decorated than the fluted bezel, is somewhere between elegant and sporty.
The fluted bezel is made of white gold and changes colour with age, whereas the engine-turned bezel is made of stainless steel and is more consistent with the case. This difference is a matter of taste.
The case has some small scratches due to use, but it is in good condition with little thinning. It has not been polished too much.
The dial is a silver dial with a sunray finish. Although it has changed slightly due to aging, it is in excellent condition with almost no visible corrosion. The luminous paint on the hands and dial is tritium luminous, which has also changed very nicely.
In addition, there are σ (sigma) marks on both sides of the SWISS at the 6 o'clock position on the dial. This is a notation that can be seen on watches from around 1973 to around 2000 made by manufacturers that belonged to an organization called APRIOR, and indicates that precious metals such as gold are used for the dial and indexes.
This was added with the purpose of "representing a high-quality gold Swiss-made watch." This specification can be found in watches from five companies: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and Omega, but it is not included in all watches in that age.
It appears to have been used by Rolex from around 1973 to the mid-1970s, and is highly valued among collectors for its rarity.
The movement is automatic Cal.1570. This movement has high accuracy and durability that passes chronometer standards, and is easy to maintain, so you can use it with confidence.
The bracelet is folded Oyster Jubilee Bracelet 6251H.The bracelet shows some droop.
[About Leather Strap]
Due to Washington Convention, we cannot export Crocodile/Alligator/Lizard leather overseas.
We will replace the strap with a similar strap made of calf leather as an alternative.
Or we will send the watch without strap if we don't have stocks of them.
1. Credit Card (Visa/Master/Amex)
2 Wire/Bank Transfer
*We have U.S/Singapore/EU/UK bank account. So you don't need to transfer internationaly.
Shipped via DHL Express with full value insurance.
Normally,Item will be shipped in 1-2 working days after payment received.
Tracking number will be provided, and insurance will cover if the item is damaged or missing in the shipping process.
International buyer has a responsibility to pay import duties, taxes or charges. (ex VAT/GST)
We do not accept to declare lower value on shipping label or invoice.We will declare full value of them.
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We accept return in the case of shipping mistake or item defect in 14 days after your receive.
1.Can I reserve it?
-Since it is also sold on the web, it cannot be reserved.
2.Can you adjust the bracelet?
-If you fill in the approximate arm circumference when ordering, we will send it after adjustment.
(*Riveted bracelets and folded link bracelets require some time to be adjusted by a repair craftsman.)
3. How long does it take for "delivery after complete service?
-Please consider it to be about 1 month from the date of your order.
(*It may take a little longer depending on the schedule of our watchmaker and the degree of congestion.)
4.Is there a payment deadline? (Bank transfer)
-If we cannot confirm the payment within 2 days after placing the order, the order will be canceled.
5.Can I order by cash on delivery?
- Due to the nature of the product, we do not accept it.
Our stance is that "customers can use good products with peace of mind for a long time."
In order to achieve this, the presence of a skilled repair craftsman is essential.
How well the work is done depends largely on the thoughts of the craftsman.
The watchmakers who Arbitro asks are craftsmen who do not cut corners in such areas, so we ask them to carry out the repair work with peace of mind.
About Complete Service
Complete service, sometime called overhaul is the work of disassembling a mechanical product down to its individual parts, cleaning and reassembling it to bring it closer to its new state of performance.
Roughly speaking, the overhaul procedure is as follows.
1. Separate into case and movement
2. Disassemble the movement
3. Inspection and pre-cleaning of wear condition of each part
4. Wash parts with a special machine
5. Lubrication and assembly
6. Waterproof test
7. Final adjustment and running test.
Some movements are made up of hundreds of parts, but it is a very meticulous process of disassembling them one by one, inspecting them all, cleaning them, and reassembling them.
If you don't overhaul, the oil will deteriorate just like a car, and the risk of wear and damage to parts increases, causing a decrease in accuracy and, in severe cases, not working.
There is also the reason that it will be very expensive to replace parts after they are found to be damaged, so we recommend overhauling once every 2-3 years for economical and long-term use.
Vintage watches have been used for decades, and even the stainless steel used in many watches has rounded corners that were originally sharp, and has many small scratches even though the mirror finish should be beautiful. state.
At Arbitro, some watches are sold with a new finish, based on the idea that you can purchase them in beautiful condition and use them for a long time.
In particular, gold-cased dress watches are finished to bring out the best of the precious metal case.
The watches sold by us that have been given a new finish are shot in very high definition, so you can see that the edges stand out and the light is reflected by the mirror finish.
Also, depending on the case or bracelet, there are cases where multiple finishes such as mirror finish and hairline finish are mixed, but there are not many craftsmen who can distinguish between them and finish them at a high level.
In addition, the “thinness of the case” is also a part that is greatly influenced by the skill of the craftsman.
A watch that has become thinner and has thinner lugs is far from its original design, and the appearance becomes unbalanced.
It is a very precise work that brings the case closer to the original finish by eliminating scratches and dents while reducing the thickness of the case to the utmost limit.
Of course, there are cases where it is better to use the watch as it is, in order to emphasize the history of the watch and its original condition.
We look at each watch and judge whether it is best to finish it before selling it.
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