This was my grandfather’s first non-Japanese watch.
He acquired it at some point during the 1970s.
Since I’ve taken owndership of this this Datejust, it has been sent back to Rolex for renovations twice – quite a few of the internal mechanisms have been replaced by new parts.
Had the Jubilee bracelet replaced with a Italian bark-tanned deer leather in light tan.
I’ll be playing around with the leather, planning to do some texturing and/or dye work.
You can see the red sediments on the grain, and the porous deer grain definition – heritage of it’s bark-tannage.
Haven’t really decided what it’ll look like yet…
Dye in black, navy or cordovan/dark cherry?
Texture with ridge patterning?
Burnish to a lustrous, deep brown?
It’ll be a challenge to make the leather match the watch, both in terms of colour and texture!