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Rolex Date Ref. 15000 Box+Papers

Here we have a very clean and cool Rolex Date Ref. 15000, with a little twist…

It covers all the basics for a pure, minimalist, and sporty Rolex. But then the dial adds a touch of warmth you do not usually see on a Date like this. Why not? Because it is not a factory-standard configuration.

A previous owner had the dial swapped for an example with gold details. Out of the factory, Rolex always matches the dial details to the bezel material, in this case, steel. So this dial and handset were not originally intended for this watch. Both are original Rolex though, and they work very well aesthetically. They add something you will not find in a standard configuration watch. So we opted to leave it as is.

This 1988 Rolex Date Ref. 15000 comes with the original box and papers.

If you like the look, come and check it out in our store at Reestraat 3 in Amsterdam.

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Brand Rolex
Diameter 34 mm
Model Date
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Reference 15000
Buckle/clasp Original steel folding clasp
Year of production (circa) 1988
Lug Width 19 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Original box & papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Black
Movement Automatic

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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Year of production (circa)






Dial color





34 mm




Original steel folding clasp

Lug Width

19 mm

Set Content

Original box & papers