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Vintage Date 14k Yellow Gold Capped #34;Golden Egg" Silver Dial 34mm 1550 (1970)

Pre-owned () | Year of production 1970 | No original box | No original papers
Fixed price $4,144
+ $118 for insured shipping to

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Basic Info

Listing code DINEM7
Brand Rolex
Reference number 1550
Dealer product code ROL-867
Movement Automatic
Case material Gold/Steel
Bracelet material Leather
Year of production 1970 (Approximation)
Condition (Light signs of wear or scratches)
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location South Africa, Johannesburg
Price R69,999 (= $4,144)
Availability Available now


Movement Automatic
Movement/Caliber 1570
Power reserve 48 h
Number of jewels 26
Frequency 19800 Hz


Case material Gold/Steel
Case diameter 34 mm
Water resistance 3 ATM
Bezel material Yellow gold
Crystal Plexiglass
Dial Silver
Dial numerals No numerals


Bracelet material Leather
Bracelet color Brown
Clasp Buckle
Clasp material Gold/Steel




The ref. 15XX series, released in 1962, was only the second generation of the model, but a longstanding one, serving right up until the end of the 1970s.
It was released in a host of different configurations, which has long been the calling card of all Datejusts.
Yet the ref. 1550 is slightly different, made up of materials which are no longer part of the Rolex catalog. The choice in metal leaves it as one of the more uncommon examples of the piece.

The reason the ref. 1550 is different is down to the type of gold used in its construction.
Where the others in the range had all-gold cases, the ref. 1550 was forged with a stainless steel body which was then covered in a relatively heavy layer of the precious metal, in what was called ‘gold shell’.
That coating, in 14k and around 240 microns thick, would then be pressure formed, hammered and soldered into place. The result was a watch that looked like a solid gold timepiece, but one that was significantly less expensive.
It was Rolex’s way of making their creations more affordable, and getting them on as many wrists as possible.

Brand: Rolex
Model: Date
Reference: 1550
Year: 1970
Movement: Automatic
Feature: Date, Screw-down crown
Crystal: Acrylic Crystal
Case: 14k Yellow Gold shell with smooth domed bezel
Stainless Steel Case-Back
Dial: Silver
Bracelet: Brown Leather Strap with a gold buckle - not original Rolex

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