Rolex Caliber 1560 Complete Guide

Rolex Caliber 1560 Complete Guide

Rolex Caliber 1560 Complete Guide

During the period of the release of this caliber, Rolex sourced its movements from Aegler – a Swiss watchmaker from which Rolex got many of its movements. Fast forward, and Rolex eventually acquired Aegler and merged it into the Rolex company.

In 1957, Rolex developed its first in-house movement, which was the start of the 1500 series of calibers. In this article, we are going to look closer at one of the calibers part of this series – the caliber 1560.

The Rolex Caliber 1560

The Rolex caliber 1560 was released in 1959 and in production until 1965. This movement started the second generation of the 1500 series from Rolex.

Like all in-house Rolex calibers, it is an automatic movement, equipped with a perpetual rotor. The movement is equipped with 26 jewels and beats at 18000 BPH. This is less than the 28800 which is the standard Rolex uses today – and has done for a long time. The movement uses a Breguet free-sprung hairspring and KIF Flector shock absorbers for improved resistance to shocks. The movement uses a balance with Microstella screws for regulation. This movement has a power reserve of 42 hours. The movement uses Rolex p/n 7980 balance assembly. This movement uses a traditional stone lever escapement.

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Following this movement, Rolex continued to build on the 1560 platform by releasing the date version caliber 1565 and the GMT version caliber 1565. The movement is rather thin with a height of 5.75mm and a width of 28.5mm. Without the date function, it made it a great movement to use for its Oyster Perpetual watches. But as a matter of fact, this movement was not only used in Oyster Perpetual watches. Rolex also used the caliber 1560 inside the Rolex Explorer 1060 for parts of its production. Another important timepiece to use this caliber was the Submariner 5512. 

A room for improvement with this caliber was that it did not have hacking seconds (seconds hand stops when pulling out the crown for more accurate time-setting), and this was an issue that Rolex solved by introducing the next generation caliber 1570, which replaced the 1560.

For proof of the accuracy, the caliber 1560 is a chronometer movement, which means it has passed the stringent tests for accuracy by COSC ( Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute). This means an accuracy of at least -4/+6 seconds a day over a 15-day period.

Rolex caliber 1560 specifications

  • Caliber: 1560
  • Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
  • Frequency: 18000 BPH
  • Jewels: 26
  • Power reserve: 42 hours
  • Technology: KIF Flector shock absorbers, Microstella balance, Rolex p/n 7980 balance assembly.
  • Height: 5.75mm
  • Diameter: 28.5mm
  • Watches using this caliber: Submariner 5512, Oyster Perpetual, Rolex Explorer 1060

Main photo by ralphie-c via eBay.

10 thoughts on “Rolex Caliber 1560 Complete Guide

  1. I wanted to repair my old Rolex. Caliber 1560. I went to a Rolex certified service and quote me a crazy price for a complete service. I want a repair nor a complete service. What is your advice?

    1. Hello,
      Rolex will have to to complete service as it is part of their policy. You should visit an independent watchmaker and they will be able to help.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

    2. Rolex Just sent my watch back saying 1560 movement parts are no longer available and no further service
      will be done by Rolex. This is as of January 2022, through the New York service center.. Hope this helps

  2. I’m seeing these movements with both 26 jewels and 25 jewels. What’s the difference??

    1. One jewel !

  3. i have an old rolex datejust 1560 movement with no paper work we found it in a drawer when my grandad died all his other rolex watches were sold this one doesnt work but the crown feels tight and doesnt wind i would like to get it repaired anx suggestions thank you

    1. Hi,
      We would advise you to take it to a Rolex service center for inspection and service. You can find the nearest Rolex service center here:

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

    2. Don’t bother taking it to a Rolex service centre they will charge you more than the watch is worth!
      It’s unlikely that they will work on it anyway so take it to an independent matchmaker.

  4. Millenary watches does an excellent service in its caliber reviews.

    I have a recently acquired 1960 Rolex 5512 with a 1560 caliber.
    Rolex-RSC-no longer services these references in all of their centers. But, there are exceptions.
    The other option is to consult a CW-21 rated independent watchmaker who might still have
    a Rolex parts account.

    1. Hi,
      Thank you for your kind feedback!
      The Rolex workshop/Service center in Geneva is also able to work on virtually any Rolex watch and caliber.

      Kind regards,
      Millenary Watches

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