Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date "1985 Honda Bowl" Reference 15000
This Rolex Perpetual Date reference 15000 is quite the timepiece. The engraving on the back - Honda Bowl Winner ‘85 - was initially somewhat a mystery. Upon further investigation, rather than for a college football game, we believe it may have been for the first-place prize for the winner of the AMA Supercross 250SX race at Daytona International Speedway in March of 1985. It is the only known example and was possibly won by Bob “Hurricane” Hannah who finished first in the race while riding a Honda bike.
The watch is 34mm wide (with a lug-to-lug length of 42mm). The lug width is 19mm and the height is 12.5mm including the crystal. The watch is powered by the calibre 3035, and features a quickset (indicative of the 5 digit reference).
It is preserved in like-new condition with the original Jubilee bracelet. The bracelet clasp is so tight, that it appears it was only unfastened a few times. The case serial number is 7.3 million. The bold red double signed “Honda” is incredibly distinct and demands one’s attention.
Vintage watches are mechanical objects that can require service of the movements and all these watches have been worn in the past. Since these pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear and patina from past usage and age.
Mechanical watches do not keep perfect time like a battery-powered watch. In addition, they do require service occasionally and the service can be somewhat costly depending on what the watch requires for optimal timekeeping. Similar to vintage and new automobiles, regular maintenance and care is recommended for the lasting reliability of your timepiece.
Vintage watches are not water resistant and not waterproof, unless rigorously tested and certified otherwise. If dunked in water, the watch can flood and be destroyed. Water can also enter the watch in high humidity environments and damage the movement and dial as well as hands. We suggest not swimming with vintage watches or taking them in a sauna or similarly humid environment.
If dropped, mishandled or otherwise abused, the movement or other parts of the watch can be damaged. Please handle with care.
Care has been taken to try to ensure the watches are running and in good condition. Please note that all watches and items are offered and sold "as is". We hope you enjoy this item and wear it in good health for years to come!