Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date - Ref. 1503
If you boil Rolex down to its purest form, what do you get?
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual. This is truly the genesis for the entire Rolex brand. The very first Rolex models were called ‘Oysters’ which was owed to their innovative three part case that all screwed into each-other. That is where the fluted bezel actually derives from, being screwed down into the top of the case to secure the crystal with a gasket - as well as the grooves on the oyster case back. All makes sense now - right?
The Oyster Perpetual eventually became the introductory model for Rolex after the 36mm Datejust was introduced in 1945 - but it never went away and is still in the Rolex catalog. However, as it was the introductory model back in the mid 20th Century most were made in stainless-steel, featuring standard dials - which is NOT what we have here!
For starters, this watch is housed in a 14K yellow gold case, which lets us know that it was made for the United States market from new. At the time, the US featured a very high tax rate on gold, so Rolex made several key models in 14K (not 18K) gold so they could be competitive in the market. Featuring a stunning gloss black dial, this ‘OPD’ is as beautiful as it is attainable. The dial is deep and lustrous exhibiting slight signs of edge wear and lume degradation. The case is in excellent overall condition likely only polished once, and would make for an excellent addition - or start! - to any watch collection.
*Some marks or spots on the dial are reflections or dust on the crystal and are due to high intensity strobe lighting used while photographing. They are not actually on the watch or visible in natural lighting.
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