Just Orange Rolex Datejust Ref. 1600

This Datejust is the first Cloister Project ever completed; the first example was conceived and executed in Spring, 2009. The idea was a simple one: Restore a long-forgotten Rolex Datejust to the forefront of its owner’s collection.

As a starting point, we mixed the color that now adorns this Rolex Datejust Ref. 1600 (smooth bezel version) using a physical palette and oil paints. Yellow, red, and white were hand mixed until the perfect hue was achieved.

Once completed, the physical color sample was sent to Bavaria, where our refinisher faithfully replicated the color and applied it to the Datejust’s pie pan dial. Simultaneously, the watch underwent a full mechanical restoration. No other changes were made, and when the dial returned and was installed, the first Cloister Watch was complete.

This example represents a more recent Just Orange Datejust. The color was replicated from the first example, but this watch also features a custom fabricated exhibition caseback with sapphire crystal, and an oyster-link bracelet taken from a Rolex Submariner Ref. 5513 circa 1966. Additionally, a smooth, polished steel bezel from the Rolex Datejust Ref. 1600 was fitted to further simplify the look of the completed project.