1964 DJ 1603 Date Wheel Question

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1964 DJ 1603 Date Wheel Question

Joined: February 14th, 2011, 2:14 am

August 25th, 2011, 2:34 pm #1

Hi,

Sorry if this question has been asked before, but I tried hard to get the answer on my own. I have a 1964 DJ 1603 that currently has a white date wheel with open 6's and 9's. I'm trying to validate if it should have a silver date wheel instead. I haven't been able to find any older 1603's out there with silver date wheels. Is it possible the white one is correct and not a service replacement? My two early 70's 1601's have silver date wheels, but not this one.

Thanks for your help...

- Derik
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Joined: August 1st, 2011, 2:09 pm

August 25th, 2011, 2:59 pm #2

...earlier 1570-powered movements came with either white or gold datewheels. The silver datewheels came along later/replacement parts. Please, anyone, correct me if I'm wrong

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Joined: February 14th, 2011, 2:14 am

August 25th, 2011, 3:02 pm #3

I just wanted to confirm. I found only one 1603 that had a silver date wheel, but it was an earlier serial.
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Joined: August 1st, 2011, 2:09 pm

August 25th, 2011, 3:53 pm #4

more than likely a replacement/service DW
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Derik Quinn
Derik Quinn

August 25th, 2011, 4:26 pm #5

I have yet to see a DJ this old with a silver date wheel. Is the white open 6 and 9 correct or not?
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Joined: May 28th, 2007, 5:43 pm

August 25th, 2011, 4:40 pm #6

Hi,

Sorry if this question has been asked before, but I tried hard to get the answer on my own. I have a 1964 DJ 1603 that currently has a white date wheel with open 6's and 9's. I'm trying to validate if it should have a silver date wheel instead. I haven't been able to find any older 1603's out there with silver date wheels. Is it possible the white one is correct and not a service replacement? My two early 70's 1601's have silver date wheels, but not this one.

Thanks for your help...

- Derik
Very hard to determine the whens and wheres...
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Joined: February 14th, 2011, 2:14 am

August 25th, 2011, 4:42 pm #7

I have two later DJ's (1972) and they have silvers, but have yet to find an older one with silver.
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Joined: July 9th, 2011, 9:36 am

August 25th, 2011, 8:40 pm #8

For the 1675/1680/1665 I have seen 8 different versions, I think collectors should only focus on 3 types of dics silver vs white (era indicator), flat 3 vs round 3 'era indicator) and finally genuine parts versus fakes. Here are some very few exemples as a proof :

Flat 3 open 6 in 16 but closed in 26



Round 3 open 6 in 16 and 26



Round 3 closed 6 in 16 and in 26 but in fat font version



Look at the 2 last discs on the right Fat font versus Thin font versions



Various shades of silver grey



Now, various shades of WG/Plat DD discs



etc...


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Joined: July 9th, 2011, 9:36 am

August 25th, 2011, 9:19 pm #9

Various shades of DDs discs

Both silver, what is the older one?

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