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.
1. The Rolex Date 15037 – Unique Features
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.
- The 14ct yellow gold is usually lighter than 18ct yellow gold, and also, it is less yellow.
- The fact is that different amounts of pure gold are used in two alloys.
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.
2. Powered by a New & Refined Movement
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.
- Moreover, Calibre 3035 has a high frequency of nearly 28,800bph.
- Rolex upgraded this automatic movement by offering a quickset date feature.
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.
Use of Acrylic Crystal
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.
- It is easy to get scratches on acrylic crystals compared to their sapphire counterparts.
- Nevertheless, most of the scuffs and scratches can be removed without any hassle.
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.
4. The Yellow Gold Fluted Bezel
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.
- It was used for screwing down the bezel to the case to offer super resistance to water.
- While technology advanced over the years, Rolex did not have to screw the bezel any longer on its watches for water resistance.
- However, the watchmaker has retained the fluted bezel style within its catalogue.
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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