1968 Rolex Datejust Classic Vintage Mens Stainless Steel Watch - Original Papers, Boxes & Tag


Item No. 6822SH

Today's offering showcases this classic and original Certified Pre-Owned Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust model encased in stainless steel. Featuring clean lines and a sharp look, this watch embodies Rolex's timeless class. To us, when it comes to elegance and refinement, the Rolex "pie-pan" dial models were front-runners of the period.

As precise as it is classic, the watch is powered by a Rolex cal. 1570 mechanism that powered many early models of the Submariner, Explorer, and GMT models. A superior mechanism, it offers a level of engineering and craftsmanship that is exceptional.

What makes this one even more special is that it still has its original full set of papers: Its chronometer certificate with punched serial number was issued in 1968, and it has its original sales certificate / guarantee. Its also accompanied by its original booklet, tag, and inner and outer box - a true complete set!

Here is a little more about it:

  • Silver "pie-pan" concave dial, original and untouched in mint condition
  • Stainless steel Oyster case crafted from a single block of stainless steel. This process originally insured that watch was impervious to water to a depth of 100m.
  • Engine turned bezel
  • Officially certified chronometer movement
  • Original Rolex "oval link" Jubilee bracelet

It is fully original original down to the dial, all hands, winding crown, and Rolex Jubilee "oval link" bracelet date.

It presents in very pleasing condition. It silver dial is untouched and mint. Its case and bracelet presents as scratch-free.

Our Master Watchmaker has just performed a complete overhaul which consisted of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with new Rolex parts, reassembling and lubricating the movement, replacing all of the waterproofing seals with new Rolex gaskets, and extensive timing testing and regulation ($695 value).

For the finishing touch it has been meticulously detailed, making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

Note: A published example of this model can be found in Osvaldo Patrizzi's work Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches, 2001 Edition, Guido Mondani editor, Vol. 2, pg. 30.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Model: Oyster Perpetual Date, Ref. 1500
  • Serial number: 1,813,787
  • Year made: 1968
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds, Automatic, Date
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case condition: Presents as scratch-free with signs of polishing
  • Dimensions: 36mm diameter, 12mm thick
  • Dial: Silver with applied faceted baton indexes, luminous hour dots, outer minute/seconds divisions, aperture for the date, original, mint condition
  • Hands: Original, steel luminous batons
  • Movement type: Rolex automatic, cal.1570, rhodium-plated, 26 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, mono metallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring
  • Jewels: 26 rubies
  • Band: Original, Rolex "oval link" Jubilee, sized to fit a wrist up to approx. 8.15 inches (including three uninstalled links included with the auction - currently sized to fit a wrist up to approx. 7.5 inches. Please let us know if you would like any of the included extra links installed). Adjustable, polished and brushed, just short of mint with one very light pin prick indention in the clasp. Note that Rolex U.S.A. have a much looser design from the factory than Swiss Rolex bracelets.
  • Width between lugs: 20mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, 'cyclops' date magnification, mint condition
  • Serviced: Yes, fully serviced by our Master Watchmaker ($695 value). All waterproofing gaskets replaced with new Rolex seals. If you would like more information on our watchmaking team please visit: http://www.connoisseuroftime.com/pages/team.htm
  • Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized Microset III watch system, running extremely accurately. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email concierge@cotwatches.com for details.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Original full set of papers from the mid-60's: Its chronometer certificate was issued in 1964, and then it has its original sales certificate / guarantee from when it was sold in 1966. Its also accompanyed by its original booklets, a true complete papers set!; New Connoisseur of Time timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide


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