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11. června 2013 v 3:41
The Three Lots I'll Be Watching in Antiquorum's September Sale

I see a lot of watches, and a lot of them happen to be vintage Rolexes. I have respect for many Rolex models from years past, but one of the few references that always gets me excited is the Reference 1530. This is a watch we've written about in the past here; having been produced for a short period of time in the early 1970s and using a strange case designed for the early quartz Rolex watches, it's a true oddity.

The 1530 is rare, just how rare is debatable. Some say only 500 were made, others say 1000, I tend to believe more than that were created, but it is still, unquestionably, a rare watch. The squared case, the inward sloping minute track, and what many have called the toughest bracelet ever made are all part of the 1530's charm. Sure, the average Rolex fan wouldn't appreciate this watch, but those in the know are showing more respect for the 1530 every single day. In the coming years, this could be a watch that people are willing to really pay for.

When I was cruising through the catalog for Antiquorum's September sale, I came across a ref 1530 Rolex and thought to myself "Hmm, that's cool." Then, the very next lot I saw another 1530 and said "Very cool". Then, several pages later, all the way near the back of the book, I saw a third Ref 1530 and said something like "WTF?".

It's rare enough to find ONE 1530 for sale, let alone three. And, one of the lots (#60) comes with the original box, booklet and warranty. The estimates for all three watches are very reasonable. I recently saw a 1530 in a prestigious retail shop with a price of over $9000 on it, and here, there are two that should go for around $5000, and the one with boxes and papers, slightly more.

What most people don't realize about the 1530 is that it is one of the rare cases when Rolex was actually following a trend instead of creating it. The 1530 was an answer to Audemars Fake Rolex Watches Ror Sale Piguet's original Royal Oak, and was released around the same time at Patek Philippe's Nautilus. A steel luxury sport watch with squared case and integrated bracelet? Yup, the Rolex 1530, and for much less than you'll find either an early Royal Oak or Patek Nautilus.

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