In the early 1980s, Rolex introduced the full gold Date Reference 15037, offering a new, updated Calibre 3035 movement. Well, you can consider the Rolex Date as a slightly smaller edition of the classic Datejust. Rolex has offered many different case sizes within the Datejust lineup.
However, the 34mm date-displaying model is yet referred to as the Rolex Date. The Date may today engross a smaller position in the brand’s catalogue in comparison to what it had before. But it is yet acknowledged as a unique timepiece within Rolex’s lineup.
The Rolex Date Reference 15037 comes with a timeless design. However, the watch sports many unique features that enable it to offer a vintage charm. And interestingly, these features are unlike anything available in the current Rolex’s catalogue. Let’s here explore them.
Made of 14ct Yellow Gold
Rolex today uses 18ct white, yellow or Everose gold to design its watches and the gold is produced within the brand’s in-house factory. However, the brand previously also used 14ct gold for creating solid gold as well as bi-tone versions of some of its watches.
However, watches made of 14ct gold flaunts a distinct aesthetic due to its pale colour. It is unlike the saturated and warm tones of 18ct gold Rolexes.
It is the Calibre 3035 movement that distinguishes the Rolex Date 15037 from its predecessors. This COSC-certified movement is made of 27jewels and features a free-sprung balance along with a Breguet overcoil.
As a result, users can advance the date wheel independently of the hands through an added position in the winding crown. This change may appear relatively smaller, but it increased user convenience significantly.
Virtually every vintage Rolex watch features acrylic crystal, and the Rolex Date Reference 15037 also includes in this list. The watch sports acrylic crystal instead of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal as fitted on modern timepieces.
However, Rolexes with synthetic sapphire crystals do not bear the retro aesthetics like the ones with acrylic crystals. And this is one of the significant reasons why vintage Rolex watches are coveted.
The Rolex Date Reference 15037 features a solid gold fluted bezel. However, you might be fascinated to know that the fluted bezel was initially a functional feature on Rolex watches.
Today, it comes in a slightly refined version with a more modern aesthetic, becoming a signature design element of Rolex watches.
Another significant point to note is that Rolex makes fluted bezels using only solid gold. And the fluted bezel on the Date 15037 is crafted from solid 14ct yellow gold to complement its case.
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