|Year of production (circa)
18k Yellow gold
Rolex Date Ref. 1500
Here we have a beautifully fresh-looking Rolex Date Ref. 1500 in 18k yellow gold. A Rolex that is much less of an obvious choice than its more famous brothers in the lineup. So if you are in the market for a gold Rolex, but you are comfortable going left where others go right, consider this 1974 Date.
The case of this specimen is in spectacular condition. Especially considering how softer gold cases are often worn and polished out of shape. No such issues here. The lugs are thick, sharp and beautiful. If it wasn’t a discontinued model, you would be forgiven for mistaking this for a brand new watch.
And then there is the dial. The bright snowy white adds a sense of cool to an otherwise warm yellow gold watch. The combination of classic black Roman numerals and tall, block markers in gold, strikes just the right balance between dressy and sporty.
Come and try this Rolex Date Ref. 1500 on in our boutique at Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam.
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The Rolex Date line is perhaps a bit of a hidden gem. Overlooked by the male audience when fashion dictated watches should be big in the early 2000s. Now that the trends are leaning towards smaller again, they are being rediscovered as a pretty great size for both men and women. Of course, there are smaller sizes available as well, but the 34mm is the most common.
Rolex launched the 36mm Datejust and the 34mm Air King in 1945. About a decade later, the Date was added as a sort of in-between model. The same 34mm Oyster case as the Air King, but with the addition of a date and cyclops like the Datejust.
So what you have here is a watch that is technically the same as a Datejust, but since its smaller size scares off some of the potential buyers, it is much more affordable. So if you are confident wearing a subtle size like this (if you are not, come and try one on. You will be converted) this is a real sweet spot in the vintage Rolex market!
The Date comes in tons of variations. From rare early models with gilt dials and dagger hands, to super minimalist silver dial, oyster bracelet examples. You can have your pick of materials, colors and bracelets. There is surely a version that will speak to you!
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