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Vintage of the Week: Rolex Date Ref 6694

April 21, 2015

BY Paul Altieri


The Vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref 6694 is a special watch because it is one of the few vintage Rolex watches that is not chronometer certified. This unique watch was introduced in the 1960s and offers the classic Rolex look. Measuring 34mm without the crown and 38mm with it, this watch is not too big or flashy. Rather, the subtle gold or stainless steel case is understated elegance at its best. The case also offers a signed screw down crown for optimal waterproof protection.

A Date 6694 is a watch that is simple yet displays elegance.

A Vintage Rolex 6694 is an entry level watch.


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A Simple Vintage

Like other vintage Rolex Date watches, ref 6694 features a date aperture window at the 3 o’clock mark. Above the champagne or silver colored dial sits an acrylic crystal with a fixed cyclops magnified date window for easier viewing.

dial vintage rolex 6694

The dial on a Vintage Rolex 6694 has an acrylic crystal with a magnification glass.


Though not chronometer certified, this Rolex movement does not disappoint. Ref 6694 utilizes a caliber 1225 movement which is an extremely reliable and nicely finished movement offering a balance wheel that vibrates at 21600 vph. Though this watch must be manually wound, it offers a nice vintage flair with such a distinctive movement. The watch is completed with a stainless steel or gold Oyster Rivet bracelet with twelve links.

vintage rolex 6694 wristwatch

Even though the vintage Rolex Date 6694 is not COSC certified, it is very accurate.


Collecting a Rolex Date 6694

The Rolex ref 6694 wristwatch has become a popular entry level collector’s choice thanks to its small size and classic look. This nicely understated watch is not flashy or opulent, but rather just a really classic and dependable timepiece. Although ref 6694 is typically categorized as a men’s watch, it has gained popularity in Europe among women for its smaller size. Rolex ref 6694 is a classic timepiece that is perfect for both him and her. If you are looking for a great entry level Rolex for your collection that you can also enjoy wearing for years to come, the Rolex ref 6694 is a perfect choice.




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