Rolex Datejust 1603 Automatic 18k Solid Gold/SS Vintage 1974 Mens Watch....36mm

Rolex Datejust 1603 Automatic 18k Solid Gold/SS Vintage 1974 Mens Watch....36mm


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Of all the watches that I collect and sell, this is perhaps the only firm that needs little introduction…having built its business over the last century on high quality, innovation and style. The Rolex Watch Co. of Switzerland, founded by Hans Wilsdorf and his brother in law Alfred Davis, would first establish his business in England (1908) before settling in Switzerland. By 1919, Wilsdorf had established the Manufacture des Montres Rolex, at a time when the movements were crafted in Bienne and the watches were hand-finished in Geneva. On average, more than 200 technicians are involved in producing a single Rolex wristwatch, quite remarkable.

If one were to design the perfect everyday sporty or dress watch with an attribute like a strong presence on the wrist, they would design the Rolex Datejust. Even at 36mm the Datejust wears nicely on the wrist given its beefy oyster case and longer lugs. Every vintage collection, even a sport watch collection, has at least one Datejust. The present example of this must-have reference is in beautiful condition.

I am a watch collector as well as a buyer and seller of new, pre-owned, antique, and vintage watches

I only sell genuine, authentic, watches in "Good" to "Pristine" condition


Brand: Rolex

Model: Datejust

Serial #: 3690392

Year of Production: 1974

Reference #: 1603

Gender: Men or Women

Case Material: Stainless Steel

Case Diameter: 36mm, not including crown ~ scratches on lug at the 5 o'clock position

Crown: Signed crown winds, sets, and screws down properly ~ crown was replaced at the last service

Bezel: 18k solid yellow gold bezel was replaced at the last service

Hands: Handset was replaced at the last service

Bracelet Material: Yellow gold plated and stainless steel

Bracelet Specifications: High quality aftermarket (non-genuine rolex) bracelet with rolex logo and hallmarks will fit a wrist up to 7.6" ~ no extra links ~ can be adjusted smaller

Dial Color: Black

Dial Condition: Signed clean black dial replaced at the last service ~ hairline scratch at the word Rolex on the dial difficult to see with the naked eye

Winding Mechanism: Original calibre 1570 automatic chronometer movement runs strong and accurate ~ movement was serviced within the last nine years ~ does not have the quickset date feature, which means the date cannot be changed independently without the hour hand passing midnight ~ patented instantaneous shutter-like date change near midnight ~ the date wheel has the classic "open" 6's and 9's

Crystal: Acrylic crystal has a very small hairline scratch between 10-11 difficult to see with the naked eye

Box/Papers: Original Rolex box with hang tag ~ no papers

Overall Condition: excellent condition ~ automatic movement runs strong and accurate ~ signed crown winds, sets, and screws down properly ~ clean crystal has a very small hairline scratch between 10-11 difficult to see with the naked eye ~ signed clean dial has a hairline scratch at the word rolex difficult to see with the naked eye~ all functions working properly ~ no damage ~ all of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed ~ stunning

During previous services, genuine Rolex or generic parts may have been used


This is a vintage used watch. It has lived a life before you, so you should not expect it to be new and flawless. If you want a flawless new watch, please do not buy this. If you want a piece of history in the form of a nice vintage piece, then this may be right for you

Water resistance is not guaranteed on vintage or pre-owned watches unless otherwise stated in the listing

Please note that all pictures are taken on the macro setting. This makes even the slightest imperfections, shadows during photography, and specks of dust appear much more prominent even though they are often not visible without magnification

A careful shopper who takes the time to study the photos, reads the entire description, and asks pertinent questions is our best customer

You will be pleasantly surprised and receive many compliments when wearing your watch. There is nothing that draws attention quite like a stunning watch

Because older vintage wristwatches were made smaller than watches made today, men or women can wear this and would look fabulous on your wrist

All of our watches have been tested and serviced if needed. We time all watches for at least 48 hours prior to listing and 12 hours prior to shipment. If it doesn't maintain acceptable accuracy, or function properly, we won't ship it and the buyer will receive a refund

About Us

As Always....."Buy the Seller" a Phrase That Applies To The Watch Industry Almost More Than Any Other. Our Business Values are Honesty, Quality, and Service

Our goal is to provide the finest and most varied selection of vintage, classic, and collectible timepieces our customers can find on the market. We offer a variety of brands and models to satisfy any preference, price, and taste. If you like unique and collectible vintage or antique wristwatches, we specialize in Swiss, American, and Japanese timepieces from the 1930s to 1990s comprised of manual wind, automatic, and quartz (battery operated) watches


Vintage Watch Outlet is not an authorized dealer of any of the watch brands we carry. All brand names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are used for identification purposes only. This allows us to sell luxury items at discounted prices. Vintage Watch Outlet is not affiliated with any website that sells Fake or Replica items. All of our wristwatches are genuine and authentic. Because most vintage watches being offered are between 30-70 years old, small imperfections, scratches, and wear are to be expected

Return Policy

It is my hope that all of our items will go to people who will enjoy and appreciate them. We will gladly accept a return, or take care of a problem, if we make a gross error in the description. If we have made no gross errors, it is a final sale. This is merely due to the items being antiques, vintage, or pre-owned.

Lifetime Trade-Up

All of our watches are eligible for the Vintage Watch Outlet Lifetime Trade-Up Guarantee. Lifetime Trade-Up Guarantee allows you to receive full value of what you paid for your timepiece towards the purchase price of another timepiece. The price of the new purchase must be at least 35% greater than the cost of your trade-in timepiece. The watch must be returned without any damage or modifications. If the watch has been damaged or modified, the amount of the trade-up value may be less than what you paid. The Lifetime Trade-Up Guarantee is not a buy-back program, it is a trade-up program. It applies only to timepieces that were purchased from Vintage Watch Outlet. Watches not purchased from Vintage Watch Outlet are not eligible for the Lifetime Trade-Up Guarantee. The Lifetime Trade-Up Guarantee is non-transferable.

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Inventory Last Updated: Jan 24, 2022