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New Heirloom Essential: Rolex Datejust 1603 Three Ways

New Heirloom Essential: Rolex Datejust 1603 Three Ways

Rolex Datejust 1603 Watch via WatchBox

Time For A Major Grail Upgrade

In the world of watches, Rolex is the name that’s the most synonymous with horological luxury. From the epitomous Presidental watch to the on understated Air King, Rolex needs no introduction. After an entire life (ok, 33 years),I’ve finally stepped into the world of Rolex, c/o of WatchBox (home of the most extensive preowned luxury watches).

As much as this is a grail timepiece, there was more than selecting this watch than brand (it was a major factor) like: case size, dial color and bracelet design). Plus, the opportunity to pass this watch & my watch collection down to my son Hendrix brings a smile to my face.

Ulta Smart Casual (w/ a luxe twist)

 Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox

Datejust 1603 Watch 36mm (dark grey sunburst dial) – Rolex via WatchBox | Hat – Dobbs 1908 | Jacket – Zara

High-Low Versatility

There’s something to be said for getting the most value out of anything. IMO, when it comes to watches, understated is the way to go. In the world of Rolex, the options go from vintage to ultra ornate and many in-between. As someone who’s style toes all-lines from sportswears, streetwear to traditional tailored menswear, having a watch that can flawless transition through each style is a must.

So Why Go With A Rolex Datejust 1603 Watch

As someone that’s been a lifelong watch-wearer, I’ve fallen victim to trends — oversized, overly complicated and too technical. With bit of age and wisdom under my belt, I’ve come to understand simplicity and even more surprisingly, sizing down are the key to an extremely versatile timepiece.

When it came to choosing my first Rolex, I immediately decided to size down from my standard 38/40mm timepieces — to a 36mm. Reason being, a smaller watch becomes a chameleon accessory. It stands out when exposed, but, doesn’t detract from an outfit.

It’s to be said that once you purchase a Rolex or any luxury timepiece, it’s best to read up on the lingo before you go around acting like an expert on watches.

My Favorite Details

  • Sunburst dark grey dial: the variation in color, depending upon the light, makes this watch a chameleon of an accessories. It’s EXTREMELY wearable
  • 36mm case: this might be the most controversial reason to select this watch because guys most often think, BIGGER IS Better in watches. With a smaller case, there’s a sense of understated elegance that a luxury watch should exude (especially if it’s your first one)
  • Jubilee bracelet: extremely light, elegant and versatile enough to be worn with a t-shirt or a tailored suit

Why It Works With This Look

With a mix of classic elements like the green felt fedora and black & white spectator wingtip shoes with a leather baseball jacket, the watch blends both aesthetics. Think, less is more.

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Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox

Office Luxe

Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Shop The Look In Post

Datejust 1603 Watch 36mm (dark grey sunburst dial) – Rolex via WatchBox | Tattersall Suit – Men’s Style Pro x Moda Matters | Coat – David Hart x Gap | Chocolate Brown Double Monkstrap Loafers – Paul Evans

Dressing for the job that you want. We’ve all heard the old-saying and I’ve kind of lived by that rule during my entire professional career. Until, I was my own boss.

Paired with a tailored suit, this watch has a true chance to shine. However; instead of standing out for its luxury quality, it stands out as a grounding piece for this look. From a detail perspective, the hour markings and the crown are gold/yellow, which picks up the color of the suit too.

Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox

Art…Basel…Style

Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox

Datejust 1603 Watch 36mm (dark grey sunburst dial) – Rolex via WatchBox | Colorblock Loafer – G.H. Bass | Car — Lincoln Continental at Art Basel 2019

Speaking of grails, one of my dreams was to visit Miami for Art Basel. Fortunately, I was invited this year by the team from Jack Daniels. With vibrant murals, eye-popping installations and ultra fly people, the want to dress and style yourself over the top is rather apparent.

Of course, I opted a few highly graphic shirts, loafers and fedora — so, adding the Rolex 1603 was nod to understanding when to be understated. The overall goal, your watch shouldn’t be competing for attention with your outfit.

Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
Rolex 1603 Watch via WatchBox
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