Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date ref 1530 SS Oyster Quartz Case circa 1975


Scarce model Oyster Perpetual Date ref 1530 which is a self winding date model in the Oyster quartz case, a one year only model circa 1976. Featuring a 36mm diameter case with smooth bezel, sapphire crystal, and original matte silver dial with applied silver indexes and silver baton hands, and slightly contrasting tone sloped inner minutes track. Note some light rust color corrosion on sloped bezel, which adds some color contrast to the lighter silver dial. Hands show a bit of surface corrosion, which matches the inner sloped bezel.

The case serial # of 4.1 million dates this model to 1976. Though it was fitted with a sapphire crystal, this transitional model was powered by the non quick set self winding chronometer caliber 1570 movement. With Rolex stainless steel integral flat link oyster quartz style bracelet with deployment clasp. Scarce model in very clean condition. Recently serviced, guaranteed genuine and offered with our 1 year warrantee of accurate time keeping and operation.

The Oyster Quartz movement was introduced by Rolex during the “quartz revolution” of the late 1970’s to compete with the burgeoning Japanese market in quartz movements. Rolex produced their own high quality movement, and outfitted the watch in a much more modernist design and more geometric formed Oyster case. The OysterQuartz was produced in the Datejust version in steel and steel and gold combo, and in white gold or yellow gold in the DayDate version.

The Oyster Perpetual Date version represented here, utilized the Oyster Quartz case, fitted with the caliber 1570 self winding movement, and with the 1530 reference number.  Oddly, the dial reads Oyster Perpetual Date, not Datejust. Interestingly, the 2 tone version of this model bears the “Datejust” name.  With the larger and more geometric case design, and self winding movement, the 1530 is a very popular though little known variation. Will fit a 7 1/4 inch wrist.

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