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  • Condition Report

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1980
    Reference No: 1500
    Movement No: D’589’140
    Case No: 6’435’758
    Model Name: Oyster Perpetual Date
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Automatic, cal. 1570, 26 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: 18K yellow gold Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 35mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.
    Accessories: Accompanied by four additional multicolored straps and travel springbar tool, provided by Wind Vintage.

  • Catalogue Essay

    The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - not to be confused with the Oyster Perpetual Datejust - was introduced to the Rolex lineup in 1955, where it has remained ever since as the brand’s entry-level complicated model. The first Oyster Perpetual Date, reference 6534, was in production from 1955 until 1960, when it was replaced by the reference 1500. From 1960 to 1976, the reference 1500 was treated to a similar array of case materials and dial variations as the more well-known Datejust with only one small difference: a two-millimeter reduction in size.

    Luxurious and resplendent in 18 karat yellow gold fitted with a matching champagne dial, the reference 1500 offered here is made even more exceptional by virtue of its condition. The case is remarkably well-preserved, with sharp hallmarks to the reverse of the lugs. The original factory brushed finishing is present on the sides of the case and tops of the lugs. The radiant gold dial is similarly preserved, with each baton hour marker with a strip of black enamel embedded to allow for an attractive and useful contrast to the rest of the dial and case.

    Generously donated by Mr. Eric Wind of Wind Vintage, the present watch comes accompanied by an assortment of four additional colorful calfskin straps and a travel springbar tool to easily change the strap when the mood strikes.

    This watch is being sold to benefit the Horological Society of New York’s ongoing education initiatives, in support of international traveling and virtual education programs, scholarships for students of watchmaking, and awards to watchmaking schools.

  • Artist Biography

    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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Lot offered with No Reserve

Ref. 1500
A beautiful and well-preserved yellow gold wristwatch with date, sold to benefit the Horological Society of New York’s ongoing education initiatives

Circa 1980
35mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement, and buckle signed.

Estimate
$3,000 - 5,000 
CHF2,700-4,500
€2,500-4,100
HK$23,300-38,800

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