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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date 1501 Matte Black Sigma Dial

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Oyster Perpetual Date
circa 1978
Automatic Cal.1570 with hacking
Stainless Steel
Rolex Oyster Folded Links Bracelet 7835 with 357 End Link
Clasp code S DT5
Bracelet Length
Approx. 17.3cm (12 Links)
Watch and Bracelet Only
No Box/No Paper
The watch is working +1 sec per day
All functions are working correctly
1-year Mechanical Warranty by us
Global Shipping via DHL Express with full insurance

*Model wrist size is 16.5cm circumference


The Rolex website describes the Oyster Perpetual as "a direct descendant of the original Oyster, introduced in 1926, which established Rolex's reputation as the world's first waterproof wristwatch.

The Oyster Perpetual is a model that can be said to be the origin of Rolex, incorporating two of Rolex's three greatest inventions: the waterproof and highly durable Oyster case and the self-winding Perpetual mechanism with a rotor that rotates in both directions.

The Reference 1501 was produced from the 1960s to the 1980s and has a decorative bezel. The case size is relatively small at 34mm, but the volume of the bezel makes it feel like it is actually 36mm.

The finely cut bezel with large marks every 5 minutes is called a finely engine turned bezel. In addition to the Oyster Perpetual, this bezel can also be found on some hand-wound Oyster Precision and Air King models.

The dial is matte black with silver lettering, giving it a sporty feel. The dial and hands are both lumed with tritium.

In addition, there is a σ (sigma) mark on both sides of SWISS at the 6 o'clock position on the dial. This marking can be found on watches made by manufacturers that belonged to an organization called APRIOR from about 1973 to about 2000, and indicates that precious metals such as gold are used for the dial and indexes.

This was added to "indicate that it is a high quality gold Swiss-made watch". It is a specification that can be found on watches from five companies: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin, IWC, and Omega, but not on all watches.

It is believed to have been used by Rolex from around 1973 to the mid-1970s, and is prized by collectors for its rarity.

The bracelet is an original Oyster 7835 bracelet from the same era as the watch. It features folded links and has 12 links, giving it plenty of length.

The movement is an automatic Cal.1570. It has high precision and durability that has passed chronometer standards, and it is also easy to maintain, so you can use it with confidence.

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