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ROLEX 1530 OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE AUTOMATIC STEEL

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ROLEX 1530 OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE AUTOMATIC STEEL
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Stock # SKU18667
Stock # 18667
Model Name Oyster Perpetual Date
Brand
Model Ref # 1530
Condition
Gender Mens
Movement Automatic
Case Stainless Steel
Case Shape Cushion
Case Size 35 mm
Crystal
Band / Strap Bracelet
Dial Silver
Caseback Display
Complications Date
Year 1970's
Additional Information Rare Rolex reference 1530 Oyster Perpetual Date with integrated steel bracelet.
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Description
Rolex enthusiasts will recognize the case and bracelet on this watch from the OysterQuartz Datejust model. However, for a year or so before introducing the OysterQuartz Datejust, Rolex cased an automatic caliber in the same case and bracelet configuration.

It is believed that no more than 500 reference 1530 watches were produced before the case and bracelet were co-opted for exclusive use in the OysterQuartz line.

Caliber is the automatic winding Rolex Caliber 1570 with 26 jewels and adjusted in 5 positions and for temperature. The movement is a C.O.S.C. Certified Chronometer

The watch dates to 1977. Diameter is 35mm across and 42mm including the lugs. Thickness is 12.2mm. Crystal is sapphire. The smooth bezel is polished, as are the case sides, while the top of the lugs are brush finished. The screw down crown operates as it should.

The bracelet is noteworthy because it is integral to the case. The bracelet has 13 links and bears the reference number 17000B. Because the bracelet is integral to the case, Rolex engraves the reference and serial numbers on the rear of the lugs. The serial number of this watch is 5120XXX.

Dial is silver with brushed sunburst silver dial, sloped flange with applied luminous dots (all intact), applied sticks. Hour markers and hand are white gold. The dial has a slightly champagne patina.

Given how rare the reference 1530 is, it has to offer the greatest value in the entire collectable vintage Rolex kingdom. This watch is in mint to mint plus condition.
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