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1986 ROLEX 34MM DATE DATEJUST - 14K GOLD & STEEL SS
Tropical Gold Top - Original Sales Tag - 100% Feedback

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Elegant and Understated - All Original - "Tropical" Gold Shell

Unusual and 100% Correct Model 15505 - Quick-Setting Date - 1-Year Warranty

For nearly a century, Rolex watches have been the benchmark for high-grade timepieces, setting the bar through their precision timekeeping, durability, and prestige. They are a favorite of CEO's, professional athletes, Hollywood celebrities, and anyone desiring to wear a truly elite wristwatch and are recognized around the world as one of the finest and most expensive watches money can buy.

Possessing understated elegance and clean lines the Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date showcases a true classic style. Essentially a Datejust model with a slightly smaller diameter, the Oyster Perpetual Date clearly demonstrates the qualities associated with Rolex watches: precision, reliability, durability, and class.

Powered by the highly regarded Caliber 3035 movement, the mechanism that powered several of the company's high-end watches including the Submariner and Sea Dweller models, this gem deserves to be under the cuff of someone seeking a luxury watch that makes a strong statement.

We are pleased to offer this unusual Ref. 15505 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date. The 14K gold shell Oyster case is in very good condition. The beautiful silver dial is 100% original and near flawless. And the Rolex movement is running strong and true.

Although most Oyster Perpetual Date watches are encased entirely in solid gold cases or in steel cases, our so-called "Tropical" or "Hypoallergenic" example features a gold shell top with original stainless steel back. It's appropriate for those with sensitive skin or for warmer climates and still looks like a gold Rolex!

We have inspected and tested the watch, replaced all waterproofing seals with new genuine Rolex gaskets, then timed it on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It continues to keep very accurate time, running within a few seconds per day. Accompanying the watch is its original sales tag

Included with the purchase is a full one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.

A published example of a this model can be found in Osvaldo Patrizzi's work Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches , 2001 Edition, Guido Mondani editor, Vol. 1, pg. 262.


Timepiece's Finer Points:

Dial: Silver satin with applied gold baton indexes, luminous hour dots, outer minute track. Luminous gold "baton" hands. 100% original, near flawless condition

Crystal: Extra hard acrylic, mint condition, scratch-free

Case: 14K gold shell and stainless steel, three-body, polished and brushed, screw-down case back, inclined bezel, very good condition with spots of wear around periphery of bezel and tops of lugs, no. 9,252,596, 34mm diameter, 12mm thickness

Bracelet: Genuine crocodile, high quality, fully stitched for greater durability, padded for comfort, brand new and unused

Movement: Cal. 3035, rhodium-plated, 27 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism, warranteed for 1 year

Function: Hours, Minutes, Date, Waterproof, Automatic, Sweep Seconds

Crown: Gold, original, screw down waterproof  

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Detailed Appraisal:

  • Manufacturer: Rolex

  • Country of origin: Switzerland

  • Model: Reference 15505

  • Year made: c. 1986, serial number 9,252,596
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Date, Sweep Seconds, Automatic, Waterproof

  • Designed for: Men

  • Case material: 14K gold top and stainless steel

  • Case condition: Very good condition with spots of wear around periphery of bezel and tops of lugs

  • Dimensions: 34mm diameter, 12mm thick

  • Dial:  Genuine crocodile, high quality, fully stitched for greater durability, padded for comfort, brand new and unused

  • Hands: Original, gold, luminous batons, excellent condition

  • Movement type: Cal. 3035, rhodium-plated, 27 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating free-sprung Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism

  • Movement markings: Montres Rolex  S.A. Geneve, Swiss, Twenty-Seven (27) Jewels, Adjusted 5 Positions, 3035

  • Jewels: 27 rubies

  • Band:   Genuine crocodile, high quality, fully stitched for greater durability, padded for comfort, brand new and unused

  • Width Between Lugs: 19mm
  • Crystal type:  Extra-hard acrylic

  • Serviced: No, new Rolex waterproofing seals installed.
    Please visit: http://www.connoisseuroftime.com/pages/team.htm for more information on our watchmaking team.

  • Timing: Extensively timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system, keeping excellent time

  • Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please see our eBay page for details.

  • Box/Papers: BOX - Deluxe mahogany watch presentation box; PAPERS - Original sales tag; Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
    D esignated trademarks and brands are the property of their respective owners. Connoisseur of Time is not affiliated with Rolex USA, Inc. or Rolex International.
 


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