Rolex Reference 1530 Oyster Perpetual Date

Rolex Reference 1530 Oyster Perpetual Date

This is not a quartz watch!

Unless you know the back story on the Rolex Reference 1530 already, you might be wondering why a declaration like that would even be necessary for a timepiece in our collection.  As anyone who has been following us already well knows, quartz watches don't get much love over here at analog/shift HQ.

The reason we needed to make this comment is actually pretty straightforward: the watch you are looking at shares a case design with the well-known Rolex Oysterquartz models of the 1970s.  These battery-powered movements were fitted in an angular steel case with an integrated bracelet, which was essentially Rolex's response to the Gerald Genta-penned designs of the period (Royal Oak, Nautilus, etc.).  With relatively harsh lines and beefy dimensions, these watches represented a significant departure from Rolex's traditional Oyster case designs, but helped the brand diversify and maintain a higher level of staying power than many other manufactures during the Quartz Crisis.

Fast forward a few decades and the Oysterquartz holds an interesting, albeit not particularly valued, place in the vintage Rolex collector's market. That said, there is one element of the Oysterquartz model that captivates Rolex fans - the case.  If only Rolex had made a watch in this case with an automatic movement, collectors would go crazy.

What's that you say? They did? Huzzah! 

That's right folks, what you're looking at is the anti-Oysterquartz: the rare and prized Reference 1530!  Fitted with the same internals as the venerable Oyster Perpetual Datejusts of the time, the 1530 truly has the best of both worlds, and is an important Reference if there ever was one.

Values on this model have begun climbing at an alarming rate in the past few years, but we were able to snatch up this particular example for a song and decided to pass the bargain along.  With an incredibly clean case, flawless dial and sharp lines all around, this is a winner all-around and is sure to stir up some serious envy!


Steel Case is approximately 36mm (excluding the crown). Rolex Reference 1530. Circa 19XX.

Overall condition: Case is in excellent condition overall, professionally touched up and showing no major blemishes to speak of. Original dial and handset are in incredible condition with an even light patina. Original date wheel, case back and Rolex signed crown.

Includes original integrated bracelet (#96660) with signed Rolex clasp.

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