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Why We Love it
The Oyster Perpetuals of the 1960s and 1970s remain some of Rolex's best-loved timepieces.
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 outstanding 18K yellow gold example, a Reference 1503, is fitted with a beautiful champagne sunburst dial, magnified acrylic crystal, and beautifully aged luminous material throughout. In supremely crisp condition throughout - from its finely fluted bezel to its likely-unpolished case - this lovely piece also comes complete with books and a set of punched papers dated Christmas Day, 1975.
Fitted to its likely-original Rolex-signed black alligator leather strap with matching 19k pin buckle, this is about as clean as they come!
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.
18k Yellow gold Oyster case is approximately 35mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 1503. Rolex Automatic Winding Movement. Circa 1975.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition overall showing only light signs of wear and use from age. Luminous champagne sunburst dial is in excellent condition with matching handset. Signed crown.
Includes Rolex signed black Alligator leather strap with 18k stamped Rolex pin buckle. Also includes books and punched papers from Pedro Bueno Jewelers dated 12/25/1975.
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.
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