Rolex Oyster Perpetual ‘Date’ 9K 1958 – Original Unrestored Dial
100% Genuine & All Original
Rolex Model Reference 1500
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
Size Large 34mm, excluding the Rolex Oyster Crown
A Beautifully Well Cared For And Lightly Used Example
Mint Condition 9K Solid Gold Rolex Swiss Case & Plain Bezel
Beautiful Unrestored Champagne Dial with Original ‘Dauphine’ Hands
Certified Superlative Chronometer Grade, Highly Accurate Movement
Cal.1560, 26 Jewels, Automatic Movement in Sparkling Condition!
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Condition
New Tan ‘Peacock’ Strap – Or Your Choice – Open!
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Original Rolex Presentation Boxes included
Free UK Next Day Delivery!
FedEx International Worldwide £45
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Here we have a beautiful fully inspected, serviced and guaranteed, Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer ‘Date’ in 9ct yellow gold from 1958. This watch is Rolex model reference 1500 with the Rolex Calibre 1560, 26 Jewel Chronometer grade movement which is superbly accurate and reliable. At 34mm diameter, not including the crown, this is a large sized watch by 1950s standards. The watch case has the sought after plain bezel which adds to the clean and simple lines and elegance of this watch. Unusually, the dial here is original, unrestored and in tip top condition.
This is the original, unrestored Champagne dial with gold Dauphine hands and matching applied gold facetted baton hour indices. This dial is completely original, unrestored and untouched and as can be seen in the photographs, is in almost perfect condition. Only under close examination can some very light spotting be found which is evenly spread across the dial. This is truly exceptional for a dial of this age as they typically suffer significant damage due to moisture, sunlight and contaminants which cause staining, pitting, spots and freckling to varying degrees. We have therefore decided in this instance, not to restore the dial to maintain its originality as there is some value to certain buyers, in electing to do this.
If upon buying this watch you decide you would like to have the dial restored at some point, we will arrange this for you at a 50% reduction on our normal price. Please see here for more details.
The Watch Case
The original 9ct yellow gold case measures 34mm, not including the Rolex Oyster screw-down crown. The watch has the rarer plain bezel which is preferred by many rather than the usual fluted bezel. The screw-down case-back is highly polished and full thickness and has never been inscribed. The case has been professionally cleaned and restored through very light hand polishing and the bezel, case and case-back are all in immaculate condition with no scratches, dings or similar marks visible to the naked eye. This, along with the superb condition of the dial, indicates this watch has seen very little use.
The inside of the case-back carries the Rolex serial number 1,084,620 and the model number 1500 along with 9ct Swiss Geneva hallmarks and the signature, Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland. The case also carries the same external serial number 1,084,620 between the lugs at 6’ along with the model number 1500 again, at 12’. The case serial number indicates the date of manufacture of this watch as 1958.
Please note, even though this watch was specified as waterproof when new and the rubber seals have been replaced on the case-back and the crown, the water resistance of this watch has not been tested and is not guaranteed. As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Watch Movement
The original high grade “Officially Certified Chronometer” 26 Jewels, 1560 calibre ‘butterfly’ movement is very highly regarded for being particularly accurate, reliable and strong. Here, it is in sparkling condition and working perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This movement is known as a ‘butterfly’ movement because the lightened rotor resembles a butterfly wing. It is signed MONTRES ROLEX SA GENEVA and TWENTY SIX JEWELS, ADJUSTED to FIVE POSITIONS. The movement carries the movement reference number D24961 and the Calibre number 1560.
The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced by a Master Watchmaker. This means dismantling the watch to all its component parts, careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment, before final calibration in 5 positions. This watch therefore winds, sets and runs accurately and reliably. At final test and calibration, the movement is running strongly and accurately within +10 seconds/day which is outstanding for a watch movement of this age! This watch movement is now ready for many more years of faithful service and is perfectly suited for everyday use. The watch is offered with 12 months warranty on the movement*.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Strap & Buckle
A new high quality, Tan ‘peacock’ leather strap has been fitted, along with a gold plated Rolex buckle. Please note if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most types and colours at short notice.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are all correct, dating the watch to 1958.
We provide our own comprehensive set of four documents with each watch sale. These include a detailed particulars document which fully describes the watch and includes four photographs; a detailed purchase receipt, which includes all vital information regarding the watch including details of our 12 months warranty, our Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee** and details of the 14 day approval period; our own Certificate of Authenticity which again, includes our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ and an Insurance Valuation for the replacement value of the watch which includes a further three photographs.
**Our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
The two Rolex presentation boxes shown in the photographs, inner and outer, will be included with this watch.
Here we have a fully restored, original Champagne dial with plain bezel, 1958 Rolex Oyster Perpetual, 9ct dress watch, from horology’s most famous name, which is a thing of beauty, for you to wear, use, treasure and enjoy!
This watch will also make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though vintage Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we feel fine examples such as this still remain undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage watches expands, availability will become more limited, so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!
A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well-known stores in West London which are very successful, charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note, we welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss.
We will be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call our landline 020 7727 7095 or mobile 07515 949 250 or if calling from overseas our landline number is +44 207 727 7095 or mobile +44 7515 949 250.
We are here, ready, available and awaiting your call! We will be happy to answer any questions and offer advice about this or any of our watches listed for sale. If you would like some general advice regarding any aspect of vintage watches, including buying, selling, or collecting vintage watches, we will also be happy to hear from you.
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