We probably sounds like a broken record already, but an Oysterdate is a hell of a watch! Oyster case, chronometer certified movement, steel rivet bracelet- this is Rolex doing what they do best.
The Oysterdate is available in a plethora of color combinations, but this one is about as classic as it gets. Featuring a bright silver dial and hands, it’s on the sportier side for an Oysterdate, and feels very contemporary, in a good way! The automatic chronometer movement is a Rolex workhorse classic, and out of all the watches and all the different movements that pass through our shop, Rolexes have proved to us that they deserve their sterling reputation.
The all silver and steel Oysterdate is one of the most sought-after combinations, and examples in this condition are drying up on the market. This is one beautiful Rolex, and you just can’t beat the value proposition of an Oysterdate.
Oyster Date History
What looks like a Datejust, works like a Datejust, and wears like a Datejust...but isn't a Datejust? Why, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date, of course.
The Rolex Datejust is the undisputed favorite among many vintage Rolex collectors. The array of dial colors, hand variations and the option of a white gold or stainless steel bezel make the Datejust an incredibly versatile timepiece that could satisfy just about any collector or enthusiast.
But sometimes you want something just a little different, something that will stand out and something that will prove that you have style that demands moving out of the box.
Produced from 1963 to 1980, the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Reference 1501 is a close horological cousin to the Datejust. Featuring the same iconic Oyster Case design, three-hand plus date functionality, and build quality you'd expect to come out of Rolex, the only major noteworthy difference between the two models is approximately 2 measly millimeters. Yep, you heard it - the Oyster Date is just a smidge smaller than its Datejust siblings, and has the same great looks.
Oyster Dates, also known as Oyster Perpetual Dates later on in their production life, came in a wide variety of hand, dial and bezel permutations over the years, everything from black dials with stick hands in yellow gold cases, to silver dials with Alpha hands in steel cases.
When it comes to Oyster Dates, there’s something for everything, and the value can’t be beat!
The Turn-O-Graph is perhaps the most unusual and misunderstood of the Oyster Perpetual line, and most certainly one of the coolest!
The line dates to approximately 1955, when the designers at Rolex paired a Datejust case with a rotating bezel more commonly found on sports models. The result was the Turn-O-Graph, later nicknamed the "Thunderbird" after being selected by the US Air Force's Thunderbird aerobatics team for its pilots. Although the model never really caught on with consumers (at least not the way standard Datejust models did), it has become a highly desirable model for vintage collectors and one of our favorites.
This example is one of the best that we’ve come across, thanks to the gorgeous and unusual gold Alpha hands. This hand shape is a rarity for a Rolex, and collectors go crazy for them. The matching gold dial and bezel give the watch a chic sporty look, making it a perfect do-everything Rolex.
Rolex Datejust History
We've said it over and over again - the Datejust may just be the perfect watch. Coupling perfect proportions, simple dial layouts, and robust movements, Rolex's most prolific model is an icon of timekeeping that has been in continuous production for decades. Let’s face it, the Datejust is all the watch that just about any of us really need.
The beauty of the Datejust is that it is the ultimate do-anything, go-anywhere watch. One part sporty and one part dressy, the Datejust wears just as well with jeans as it does with a suit, and thanks to the signature Oyster case and tough-as-nails movement, it’s ready for anything that you can throw at it.
In production continuously since 1945, the original Datejust was the world's first wristwatch to incorporate a date disc and aperture at 3 o’clock. The cyclops magnifier over the date window was introduced in 1954, and as we all know became a signature Rolex design cue.
Since then, dates at 3 o’clock has become commonplace, and the Rolex cyclops magnifier bubble has become a hallmark of the brand. Datejusts have proudly been worn by presidents, athletes and movie stars (and probably your grandfather), in a testament to how timeless and versatile the watch truly is.
Where so many watches can be a little too big here, or a little to small there, the Datejust is just right, embracing the wrist with its thin and tapering 36mm case. And while recent horological trends have favored large wristwatches, the age of the giant watch is behind us (thankfully), making more reasonably sized watches, like the original Datejust, a pleasantly stylish option that fits the bill.
There's a magic to the Datejust's simple design, a timelessness that speaks to how true style never dies.
The Speedmaster Professional was the watch that was tough enough to go to the Moon. The Moonwatch has earned it’s place in the horological history books, but after Omega created the original Speedy Pro, they still had a few tricks left up their sleeve. Let’s talk about the second generation, the Speedmaster Mark II.
The years following the legendary Apollo mission saw the release of an expanded line of Speedmaster variants, known commonly as the "Mark" Series. Some of these watches were real flops on the market, and others were strong sellers in the 1970s. The Mark II was one of the successful models, probably due to its reasonable case size and classic Speedmaster dial, plus its shared the manual winding chronograph movement from the original Moonwatch. All of the Mark series are hotly sought after by Omega collectors today, but the Mark II remains one of the most popular, especially in the exotic dial variant.
The exotic dial is a departure from the traditional black and white Speedmaster Professional designs, but boy did Omega nail it with this one (in fact, Omega just released a re-edition of this watch do to its incredible popularity). The gray dial is nice change of pace from black, and the orange and red accents are the kind of classic 70s sport watch design cues that make collectors go wild today. The tonneau shaped case with hidden lugs and mix of brushing and polishing add to the retro vibe, and also make the watch wear great on the wrist.
Like all Mark IIs, this example features the Calibre .861 manual winding chronograph movement used by Omega starting in 1968. The dial has patinated perfectly with no major signs of wear or damage, and the floating inner bezel is perfect - a rare find in itself! The case on this piece appears never to have been polished, and retains near perfect bevels and factory brushing. The colors on the hands and dial are crisp and bright, making it a real statement on the wrist. It even includes its original bracelet!
Exotic dialed Mark II's are tough to find in good condition as collectors tend to tuck them away. Values on the Mark II Speedmasters have been steadily climbing for the past two years, and like their original Moonwatch brethren, are going to continue doing so as the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission looms on the horizon. This is a tremendous opportunity to pick up an original example in fantastic condition, and we're proud to have procured it for your consideration!
If you ever wear a suit or tuxedo, you need a dress watch, and if you need a dress watch, it’s hard to do better than a gold Audemars Piguet. From seasoned watch collectors to Jay-Z, everyone in the world of horology recognizes that AP is, to put it plainly, the shit.
For those in need of a stellar dress watch, an AP Day Date is the perfect way to go. Why’s that? Well, let’s talk about what features we like to see in a dress watch. Size is the first consideration- this is when a smaller case size is appropriate if not essential. The watch shouldn't scream out for attention, and it should easily slide under a cuff. The choice of case material is next. Not everyone is a fan of a gold sports watch, but a dress watch is the time to bring out a little bling. Yellow gold has been used to case watches for centuries, and it’s a look that never goes out of style.
Let’s talk about the dial for a minute. Some would say that a dress watch should be a simple time-only piece, free of any complication, even a seconds hand. We place far less stringent requirements on our dress watches though, and we believe that a tasteful calendar adds a bit of fun and horological significance. White dials are the default, and if you really want to turn it up a notch, make it enamel.
Now that we’ve explained what we’re looking for in a dress watch, you can see why we love this AP. If it were nothing more than a simple watch with an enamel dial we’d be sold (seriously, enamel dials are stunning), but it’s a fucking gold day-date AP, a complicated watch from one of the ultimate manufactures. If you went shopping for a baller dress watch 25 years ago, this is what you’d end up with. Luckily that was before the supersized trend made its way over from the fast food industry to the watch industry, so this AP is a dress watch in the traditional sense of the term.
Enamel dial, Roman numerals, gold case, Audemars Piguet on the dial - that’s the ballgame, folks.
We are a couple of guys based in New York City with a passion for bespoke style, substance, and authenticity. Admittedly, we appreciate ALL well-crafted and precious things, from fine single-malts to handmade cordovan bluchers, but we have a special and earnest love for the world of vintage goods, in particular, the world of vintage and luxury timepieces. We love the stories and histories vintage watches contain and the unparalleled craftsmanship with which they were made, often harkening back to an era when raw value was respected and a firm handshake was unflappable. Most importantly, we enjoy them for the works of wearable art that they are. We've had it with digital...we are 100% analog.
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