Rolex Date 1530
Somewhere in the ’60s, a group of approximately twenty Swiss watch brands gathered together to work on a Swiss-made quartz movement resulting in the Beta-21 quartz caliber in 1969.
Rolex was among the brands working on this quartz movement and they introduced the reference 5100. Shortly after, Rolex left the project and started working on their own quartz movement. However, this took quite a while and the angular case with the domed bezel on top and the integrated bracelet were already manufactured. And so, in 1977, the 1530 was born: a Rolex with an automatic caliber 1570 in an Oysterquartz case. Apart from its case design, this watch also has a striking dial. It has discoloured to (almost) champagne gold but the most unique aspect is the rehaut, which slopes downwards towards the centre of the dial. Moreover, Rolex has placed the minute track and lume plots on the rehaut. This example dates back to 1977 since this is the only year that Rolex produced this reference. The design shows many similarities with other iconic ’70s models like the Royal Oak and Nautilus; the integrated bracelet, for example. A unique feature is that this piece still has its original bracelet, whereas most 1530’s have an Oysterquartz bracelet, which came later and looks slightly different. Furthermore, normally the reference number and serial number are stamped between the lugs at the 12-hour and respectively 6-hour position. Nevertheless, because of the design of the 1530 this is impossible and therefore, it is stamped on the lugs and in this case, still clearly visible which indicates the watch has barely been polished. The dial has applied stick markers, the S.C.O.C. text above the 6-hour position, the date aperture on the 3-hour position and is protected by a sapphire crystal.