The classic Rolex Datejust is the archetype of the modern watch, thanks to aesthetics and functionality that transcend fashion changes. This year, Rolex introduced four new white Rolesor versions of the Datejust 31 (combining Oystersteel and 18 ct white gold). Aesthetically, the Datejust has spanned multiple eras, while retaining the enduring codes that have made it one of the most recognized and recognized watches of all time.
The Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date made its debut in the mid-1950s. In some instances, Rolex released the Datejust in 1945 with a 36mm case. On the other hand, the Date had a smaller case size of 34mm. Moreover, although cheap Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches the men’s Rolex Date was the same as the men’s Air King of the time, it offered the added feature of a date window. 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) and automatic (Perpetual).
As the name implies, 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 not quick-set date movements, which meant that the date could not be set independently of the chronograph hands.
Rolex also added projecting Cyclops lenses to the crystal to magnify the date window. The date wheel of the watch features red and black numerals and is often referred to in collector’s circles as the “roulette wheel” date window. The dial layout was relatively simple, with three central hands and a number of different index patterns. As with most high-end watches of the era, Rolex used a self-illuminated radium element on the dial to make it easy to read in the dark. Aside from the case size, the Oyster Perpetual Date has the same Oyster Perpetual Date as the Datejust, which explains the frequent confusion between the two Rolexes.