Rolex Date Ref. 1501 “Short markers”

The Rolex Date has always been the not-so-obvious choice, perhaps even operating from the Datejust’s shadows a little bit. So how come? It is every bit as capable, being powered by the same caliber and fitted with the same Oyster case technologies. Its design is even largely the same.

The difference is in the size. At two millimetres smaller, it is often overlooked. But obviously for the wrong reasons. Unless you have an exceptionally large wrist, this size is sheer perfection.

The example we have here dates back to ca. 1965 and it comes with all the vintage charm from that era. From the tall acrylic crystal surrounded by the characteristic engine-turned bezel, to the thin, riveted Oyster bracelet.

What makes this example a little more special than others, is the dial. It is not only in perfect condition, with its crisp silver sunburst, it is also fitted with rather unique short markers. The hour indices are only half as long as they usually are, leaving a lot more negative space on the dial. It is a subtle detail, but it completely transforms the overall feel of the watch.

This beautiful Rolex Date comes with the original COSC certificate and info booklet. It is now available at Amsterdam Watch Company.

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Brand Rolex
Diameter 34 mm
Model Date
Bracelet/strap: Steel
Reference 1501
Buckle/clasp Original steel folding clasp
Year of production (circa) 1965
Lug Width 19 mm
Material Steel
Set Content Original papers
Crystal Acrylic
Warranty 2 year (AWCo)
Dial color Silver
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 papers