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Why We Love It
That seven letter word: Tiffany.
Its all you need to elevate an already desirable timepiece into stratospheric levels of demand and appreciation in the watch community.
Whether we're talking about vintage Rolex or modern Patek Philippe, there is perhaps no greater multiplier for value than that little signature on the dial.
Elegant and sturdy, the Reference 1500 series Oyster Perpetual is a wonderful alternative to the slightly larger Datejust, offering an even better value proposition. In a time when more and more brands are returning to smaller and more sensible case sizes, the Oyster Perpetual Date shines at 35mm.
This particular watch, a Reference 1503, dates to circa 1974 and features a 14k yellow gold Oyster case, a 14k fluted bezel, and a sunburst silver Tritium dial with that extra little stamp on the dial. This example remains in excellent condition throughout, clearly spared rough abuse, making it a rare find.
These watches are incredibly versatile for everyday use, and can easily be dressed-up for formal occasions or dressed-down and worn as a sporty everyday companion!
This one just offers a little something more.
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.
14K Yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 35mm (excluding the crown). Automatic-winding movement by Rolex. Rolex Reference 1503. Circa 1974.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent condition overall showing honest wear consistent with age and use. Sunburst silver Tritium dial is in excellent condition with evenly patinated indices and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes Analog:Shift Sargasso Green Saffiano leather strap with plated steel pin buckle.
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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