Further to this the dial features gilt print on a lacquered plate, a beautiful vintage attribute that is sure to please collectors. The lume has also aged adopting a wonderful sepia tone that it perfectly matches by the hands. What is more, while tritium was less radioactive then radium, it was hardly inert. As such the lacquer has reacted oxidising slightly adding texture to the dial. It is fair to say then that in this respect the dial is entirely unique.
Another feature hugely sought-after is the pointed crown guards flanking the crown. These are the third iteration of guards that Rolex used and perfectly coincides with the watches date of manufacture. Produced in 1960 they succeeded the quaintly named 'eagles beak' guards and were replaced themselves in 1964 by the rounded guards that are still present on current models.
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