A very fine yellow gold wristwatch with date, center seconds and bracelet

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1967
    Reference No: 1501
    Movement No: D967'179
    Case No: 1'606'979
    Model Name: Date
    Material: 18k yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal.1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: 18k yellow gold riveted Rolex Oyster, end links stamped 71, max length 310mm.
    Clasp/Buckle: 18k yellow gold folding deployant clasp
    Dimensions: 35mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    The reference 1501 is a classic vintage timepiece, which still holds its appeal today. The present example has been lovingly worn but is well preserved for its near 50-year history. The rare chiselled bezel is in lovely condition. Fitted on its original gold riveted Oyster bracelet with ‘71’ end links, it’s a versatile watch that looks as good on the golf course as it does in a business setting.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 1501
A very fine yellow gold wristwatch with date, center seconds and bracelet

1967
35mm. Diameter
Case, dial, movement and bracelet signed

Estimate
CHF4,000 - 6,000 
€3,700-5,500
$4,100-6,200

sold for CHF7,500

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Alexandre Ghotbi
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Geneva Auctions 12 – 13 November 2016