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Rolex - 1505 - Date - Mens

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Rolex - 1505 - Date - Mens
Name 1505
Family Date
Gender Mens
Movement Rolex 1570 (Details)
Years in Production 1968 - 1981
Case Diameter (mm) 34
Mechanism Automatic
Chronometer Yes
Hacking Yes
Date Function No
Quickset No
Power Reserve (Hours) 42
Frequency (bph) 19,800
Jewel Count 26
Band Replaceable No


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Notes: The Rolex Date is the smaller version of the Datejust watch. Measuring 34mm, the Date watch is 2mm smaller than most Rolex dress references. This difference in size creates a watch that looks suitable on average to smaller size wrists. The vintage steel and gold variation presented here today is understated when it needs to be but also has no problem pairing with formal attire. Steel reinforces the lugs and case back, ensuring years of durable wear. 18 karat yellow gold on the fluted bezel adds an elegant flair and brings out the rich hue of the champagne dial. The automatically changing date aperture sits at the 3-hour marker along with a magnifying Cyclops lens.

Mechanism: The 1570 movement superseded the 1560, but shared the vast majority of its elements, with a few notable improvements. The 1570 marked the third generation of the 1500 series. It comes with the balance assembly Rolex p/n 8106, again with a Breguet hairspring. However, it’s with a higher frequency of 19,800 bph, or 2.75Hz.

The 1570 was also equipped (starting in 1972) with a hacking feature. The 1570 became one of the most popular and highly regarded movements Rolex had so far produced. Used in the continuing series of Oyster Perpetuals, it was still powering the 5512 Submariner in 1978 and even the Explorer ref. 1016 until the end of its run in the late eighties.

Line: The Rolex "Date" family of watches are smaller and less expensive than their cousins, the "Datejust" family. Date watches are enclosed in 34mm cases, whereas Datejust models are in 36mm cases. Furthermore, the Date models use 19mm width straps while the larger Datejust models use 20mm straps.

Being the less expensive line, new features reach the Date family only after the Datejust watches have already adapted them. For example, the Datejust family received mechanisms with Quickset date capability years before the Date models did.


Item created by: gdm on 2018-10-01 20:21:17. Last edited by gdm on 2018-10-01 20:22:02

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