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Why We Love it
The Oyster Perpetual collection remains some of Rolex's best-loved timepieces, despite their humble status!
Elegant and understated, this particular example features a rarely found gloss black dial, warm patina to its Tritium indices and handset - and something extra that is not immediately visible to the eye.
A Quickset Date function.
The amount of ease and function that the Reference 15000 brings is immediately evident to anyone who has ever set a 'non-quick' timepiece. This is a perfect example of a 'Neo-Vintage' Rolex model, featuring modernized internals with classic design and case proportions. In a time when more and more brands are moving toward or -- in many cases returning to-- smaller case sizes, the Oyster Perpetual Date shines like a sensible beacon; at 34mm, the OPD is the classic that never felt the need to be anything other than itself.
With its tidy proportions, the OPD challenges its Maxi-Cased brethren, offering an incredible bang for the buck.
The Oyster Perpetual Story
In Rolex's impressive history, the brand has released a veritable arsenal of models that have become classics.
Many of these bear the moniker "Oyster Perpetual." While this name is used on a particular model line, it also finds itself used widely across Rolex’s varied collections. This signifies two things: first, that the watch will have the trademark waterproof Rolex Oyster case. And secondly, that the movement beating inside that Oyster case will be one of Rolex's famed Perpetual (automatic winding) movements.
Rolex first patented the Oyster case in 1925, but the quest for a waterproof and dust-proof case began shortly before the First World War. The cases of the Great War and the early 1920s came in two or three pieces with an inner case that shielded the movement (then a manual-wind movement) from the wet, dusty conditions on the battlefield. The Oyster case of 1925 represented the culmination of ten years of development.
As with the Oyster case, the Perpetual movement saw many iterations before finally being perfected in the 1930s. Rolex's first automatic movement quietly debuted in 1931, and was met with some consternation from purists who decried the "extreme novelty" of a self-winding watch. Nevertheless, Rolex could see that the future lay in the Perpetual movement. They continued to develop and improve it over the years, establishing a line of dressier watches bearing the “Oyster Perpetual” nomenclature that would stand as an alternative to Rolex's sportier models.
These models run the gamut of size, casing material and dial design, and offer a tremendous value for buyers. Meant to be worn every day, the Oyster Perpetual combines elegant looks with rugged dependability, and are very much the backbone of the Rolex brand.
Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 34mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding Quickset movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 15000. Circa 1981.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent, near mint condition overall showing only faint wear from careful handling. Luminous gloss black dial is in outstanding condition with rich patina and matching handset. Factory case back sticker remains intact. Signed crown.
Includes solid link stainless steel Oyster bracelet (78350/19/557) with signed blade clasp.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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