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Rolex Perpetual Date 18k Yellow Gold Model 1503 c. 1980

$15,800

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Rolex Perpetual Date 18k Yellow Gold, Automatic, Model 1503, Oyster Bracelet c. 1980 It’s always mildly ironic when a timepiece has an air of timelessness about it. It is especially so when the timepiece in question happens to be the Rolex Perpetual Date. A product of the early eighties, this vintage piece features a classic 18-karat yellow gold round case with a cream dial, paired with a simple and iconic Oyster band in 18k yellow gold; making for a look of tasteful versatility perfectly tailored for every occasion, be it in the boardroom or the ballroom. Along with having a case made of solid gold at a time when the gold market is exploding, the precision of the Perpetual Date’s automatic winding Rolex Caliber movement make this watch a shrewd investment. Its top-of-the-line craftsmanship ensures that you’ll be wearing it virtually everywhere for years to come. About: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Watch c.1980 Model 1503 18K Yellow Gold 34mmm Dial Automatic Movement Made in Switzerland Wonderful Vintage Rolex watch Stephanie Windsor guarantees the proper functioning of this watch mechanism for ONE year from the purchase date. Our watches are guaranteed to be of the period, material and manufacturer stated. Any damage due to accidents and/or wear and tear from use is excluded from this warranty. Stephanie Windsor is an independent watch dealer and is not authorized endorsed, sponsored by, associated with and/or affiliated with the original watch maker brand. Stephanie Windsor only sells pre-owned, vintage, and refurbished watches that are subject to one or more of the following: Repair and replacement of damaged or worn parts, replacement of the original watch crystal with aftermarket crystals. The original maker of the watch is not under any obligation to service watches sold by Stephanie Windsor.

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While the rise in popularity of vintage Rolex watches is of no surprise to aficionados, collectors and industry experts, when it comes to contemporary luxury wristwatches, Rolex is also often the first brand that springs to mind. Not only is the company revered for its precision timekeeping and impeccable craftsmanship, but its name was designed to be memorable.

Rolex's enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its aforementioned commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

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