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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 1530 - Unpolished

Sale price$18,950.00 USD

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 piece that we have here is a descendant of those early watches, though probably not what you first think of when you hear Oyster Perpetual — or even Rolex for that matter...

What at first glance looks like a distant cousin of the Oyster line, an Oysterquartz model is actually something equally special as it is rare.

This is an Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 1530. As its looks may suggest, it hails from the 1970s when the Oysterquartz line was unveiled, but inside that case with its matching integrated bracelet is not a quartz movement, but an automatic-winding calibre. Whats more is that this piece comes in with a 36mm diameter — oversized by OP standards and more in line with a Datejust, which is excellent!

This particular example from circa 1976 comes to us with an unpolished case and bracelet, exhibiting honest wear from age and use with a smooth polished steel bezel showing matching wear. Inside, the silver sunburst dial and rehaut exhibits an attractive, even yellowish-cream patina with uniformly patinated Tritium indices, some of which show loss, and a slightly darker handset. 

These don't surface all that often, particularly in untouched condition, making this a great opportunity to pick up a lesser-known Reference that's likely to garner a nod from those that know.

Stainless Steel 1976 Unpolished Automatic Sport

"As collectors themselves, Oliver and Clarke are on a mission to make buying vintage watches as painless as possible."

"The company focuses on good prices for its pieces, elite customer service and full transparency."

"The appointment-only space is inviting, with comfortable seating areas and exposed brick walls."

From Rolex & Patek Philippe, to Cartier & Audemars Piguet. As collectors first, we love the small details that separate the Submariner from Daytona and Calatrava from Royal Oak. This is why you'll find our curated assortment spans decades of generations of models and brands. We believe that watches don't just tell time, they tell history - and life is too short to wear a boring watch.

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