As the world’s most famous luxury watch brand, Rolex has many iconic models: the Datejust, the Day-Date “President,” the Submariner, and the Daytona, to name a few. However, certain models in the brand’s lineup are overshadowed by more famous watches. The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date (sometimes called the Rolex Date) is one of them. Despite being one of the oldest watch models that Rolex still produces today, there is still some confusion about the Date series. This may be due to the fact that it is very similar to the Datejust watch and the fact that many people believe they are identical. So let’s take a look at the history, evolution and current state of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date model with a view to gaining some insight into it.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date made its debut in the mid-1950s. In some cases, Rolex released the Datejust in 1945 with a 36mm case. On the other hand, the Date had a smaller case size of 34mm. Moreover, the men’s Rolex Date offered the added feature of a date window despite the fact that the men’s Air-King was the same size as the men’s Air-King of the time. So, if you’re confused about the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date model, think of it as a middle ground between the Air-King and the Datejust.
Earlier models of the Rolex Date included the stainless steel Date ref. 6530 with a smooth bezel, stainless steel Date ref. 6535 with a bonnet, stainless steel Date ref. 6534 with a fluted bezel in white gold. There’s also a yellow gold Date ref. 6537.Note that there’s also a Rolex model. 6518, which was introduced a few years ago, but this particular vintage Rolex hour marker bears several different names on the dial, including Oyster Perpetual, Oyster Perpetual and Oyster Perpetual Date! “The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watch is waterproof (Oyster), automatic (Perpetual) and has a date window (Date).
As the name implies,Replica Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date watches were water resistant (Oyster), automatic (Perpetual), and had a date window on the dial (Date). These early Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date models were equipped with the then-new automatic Calibre 1035 (the date version of the Caliber 1030). These were non-quick-setting date movements, which meant that the date could not be set independently of the chronograph hands.
copy Rolex watches also added projecting Cyclops lenses to the crystal to magnify the date window. The date wheel of the watch featured red and black numerals and was often referred to in collector circles as the “roulette wheel” date window. The layout of the dial was relatively simple, with three central hands and a number of different index patterns. Like most high-end watches of the era, Rolex used a self-luminous radium element on the dial to make it easy to read in the dark. Aside from the case size, the Oyster Perpetual Date is identical to the Datejust, which explains the frequent confusion between the two Rolexes.