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Why We Love It
“Oh, the only gold I know about is the kind you wear.”
Though Miss Moneypenny was insinuating she'd enjoy receiving a wedding ring from 007 in Goldfinger, she had it right.
Let's face it, a gold Rolex is currency- either real or social. Due to the manufacture’s longevity, quality, and position in the market place, Rolex has a developed a certain cache over the years that is virtually unimpeachable.
This particular 35mm Oyster Perpetual Date is cast in a unique 14K yellow gold case, offering a softer, less blingy look than its 18k counterparts. With a very sharp case, nearly flawless blue sunburst dial and evenly patinated luminous plots and hands, this piece strikes a perfect balance between understated and illustrious. Equally cool is the matching gold rivet Oyster bracelet with signed blade clasp.
While over polished and over worn gold watches are fairly easy to come by, truly collector grade pieces are more difficult to find by the day. Its safe to say this is one of the cleanest, best looking, and most comfortably-wearing OPDs we've ever had the pleasure to offer.
Simply put, this is a special one folks.
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). Rolex automatic winding movement. Reference 1500. Circa 1973.
Overall Condition: The case is in exceptional condition overall showing only light signs of wear from gentle use and no signs or prior polish. Luminous blue sunburst dial is excellent condition with applied gold baton indices, lightly patinated Tritium plots and matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes 14k yellow gold rivet Oyster bracelet with signed clasp (clasp #585, #57 end links).
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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