Oyster Perpetual Date | 1500 - 'sigma' grey | steel

Ref. 1500

Regular price

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Oyster Perpetual Date | 1500 - 'sigma' grey | steel

Ref. 1500

Regular price

This Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date (ref. 1500) is a classic vintage sports watch; versatile and understated. It has its original, matte grey ‘sigma’ dial with subtle patina on the tritium index lume-plots. It also has its original, white-gold baton handset.

The Rolex Oyster was first introduced in 1926. Beginning as the first waterproof and dust-proof wristwatch designed specifically for professional use. The watch famously crossed the English Channel in 1927, around the neck of English swimmer Mercedes Gleitze, surviving the 10-hour long swim unstirred. A front page newspaper advertisement followed, testifying “ten hours of submersion under the most trying conditions” failing to adversely affect its perfect timekeeping, whilst pioneering the modern concept of sports celebrity marketing. In 1931, Rolex patented the world's first self-winding mechanism with a perpetual rotor, today at the heart of every modern automatic watch.

The innovation which led to the creation of the “Oyster” case was a screw down, moisture-proof winding crown, patented by Swiss inventors Perregaux and Perret in 1925. Exposure of the winding stem had always been a clear vulnerability and combined with Rolex’s development of the two-piece, screw-down case with a rubber gasket, the hermetically sealed case became a reality. The “Oyster” name is often associated with a particular style bracelet accompanying many Rolex Oyster watches.

The dial of this Rolex Oyster Date is in exceptionally good condition, has a matte dark-grey finish, applied white gold index markers, with classic 'ROLEX’ and ‘OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE' text referenced on it. The tritium index plots and baton hands have aged to a beautiful yellow patina. It also has its Rolex crown and comes equipped with its Rolex Oyster bracelet and clasp. This particular case dates to 1979 (serial 637 XXXX).

With this example, the index markers are manufactured from white gold, indicated by the lower case Greek letter ‘sigma’ at the bottom of the dial. These small round symbols were displayed to emphasize the inherent value and investment potential of a high-quality mechanical watch, over more competitively priced quartz rivals of the period. The ‘sigma’ signature was a visual declaration of the use of precious materials, and was adopted by a number of manufactures throughout the 70’s.

Inside the watch, it houses Rolex’s calibre 1570 ‘Officially Certified Superlative Chronometer’ grade automatic movement. The mechanism features a lever escapement, 26 jewels, mono-metallic balance and KIF shock-absorber, beating at a rate of 19,800 BPH. A distinctive characteristic of Rolex’s Cal. 1570 is the use of brightly-colored, pink reverser gears in the automatic winding module. The unique colouration is created using Teflon, a branded form of Polytetrafluoroethylene, as a coating, resulting in far less friction.

The evolution of the Rolex Oyster inspired some of the most historically important wristwatches, surviving the harshest of conditions. From 35,000 ft. below the surface of the Pacific Ocean, to the summit of Mount Everest, without losing a beat. There aren’t many mechanical timepieces that have contributed more to the advancement of horological design, nor clearer defined Rolex’s reputation for excellence. Many have tried to replicate its success, but no manufacturer since, has consistently produced mechanical timepieces that endure everyday wear as well as a Rolex, owing much of their success to a unique market niche that the Oyster case helped define.

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Brand: Rolex
Model: Oyster Perpetual Date Ref. 1500
Movement: mechanical automatic Cal. 1570
Functions: date, hours, minutes, center seconds
Features: unrestored 'sigma' dial
Case: 35 mm stainless steel
Crystal: plexiglass
Bracelet: Rolex Oyster bracelet
Year: 1979
Box & papers: N/A
The Oyster case is in excellent condition. The brushing on top of the lugs is consistent, while the spring-bar spaces show little sign of elongation. The polished, chamfered bezel is sharp and gives the watch an appropriate minimalist feel. It is guaranteed for authenticity and comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches, unless stated otherwise, are covered by a full or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

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During a period of adjustment, we are unable to ship watches to the EU. We continue to offer express delivery to all other countries.

If ordering from the UK before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

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