Oyster Perpetual Date | 1530 | steel
This vintage, steel Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref. 1530 watch from the 1970s is an excellent example of a remarkably unconventional tool watch. With its sharp, angular case and Rolex-stamped, integrated bracelet, it represents the very best of the brand's ingenuity. The watch also comes with its original punched-paperwork.
The reference 1530 predates the introduction of Rolex’s ‘Oysterquartz’ - born of an era during which Rolex had begun to firmly shift towards the developing trend of quartz wristwatches. In 1975, Rolex produced a limited number of 1530s, housing the chronometer-certified, caliber 1570 movement. The angular, steel case was originally designed for Rolex Oysterquartz, sporting a noticeably different design. The reference 1530 was discontinued shortly-after, in 1977, upon introduction of Rolex’s revolutionary quartz calibre. In this time, it’s estimated less than 1,500 examples of the 1530 were produced.
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 undamaged. 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 dial of this Rolex Oyster Ref. 1530 is in exceptionally good condition, has a brushed silver finish, applied index markers, with classic 'ROLEX’ and ‘OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE' text referenced on it. The distinctive, angular case is sharply beveled, with diameter of 36mm. The large rehaut (with applied lume dots), conceals the depth at which the mechanical movement sits in the case, having originally been designed to house a thicker quartz calibre. It has its Rolex crown and comes equipped with its original, integrated Rolex bracelet and clasp (ref. 96660). This particular case dates to circa 1975 (serial 409 XXXX).
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-coloured 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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|Model:||Oyster Perpetual Date 1530|
mechanical automatic Caliber 1570
|Functions:||date, hours, minutes, center seconds|
|Features:||Oysterquartz case, unrestored dial|
|Case:||36 mm stainless steel|
|Bracelet:||integrated Rolex bracelet (ref. 96660)|
|Box & papers:||punched-papers (undated)|
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