Here we have a superb example of a Rolex Ladies Cocktail Watch in 18ct white gold from 1924. This is an early Rolex watch from the same company we know and love today, namely Montres Rolex S.A. which first became established in Geneva in 1919.
The original hinged, tonneau style case has beautiful hand-engraving work to the sides and remains in tip-top condition. As one would expect, this is a high-quality case which from all appearances seems to have been very well cared for since there are no signs of over-polishing, dings, scratches or other signs of damage visible to the naked eye. The case is signed RWC Ltd for Rolex Watch Company and carries Glasgow U.K. hallmarks which date the watch to 1924. The case also carries the external reference number 5450 /3. The diameter of the case is 15mm, not including the crown and 28mm in length, including the lugs. The watch is quite slim for the period at 7mm, including the lens which stands slightly proud of the dial. The case and hinge area, in particular, have been carefully inspected for any weaknesses and there were none found, therefore we can guarantee the structural integrity of this watch case.
The silver white dial has a Guilloche (finely engraved) finish, which has a beautifully intricate pattern, giving a starburst effect. The 1 – 12 art-numerals are in the art-deco style, complimented by original ‘Breguet’ blued steel hands. The dial design and case complement each other beautifully and also make the time very easily read for such a small watch.
This is the original dial, which is original in every way, having not been restored and it is in amazingly good condition considering the age of the watch. This, along with the condition of the case, leads us to believe this watch has led a charmed life and seen very little use.
The Rolex Calibre.250 15 Jewels movement is original to this watch. It is signed Rolex, Patent, 15 Jewels Swiss Made. The watch movement has been fully overhauled and serviced by our watchmaker who reports it to be in excellent condition. We are therefore happy to offer this watch with our 12 months warranty*. Note, although Rolex watches of this period have reliable and accurate movements (for the period), they do need to be treated with some care, so while this watch is perfectly suited for evening wear and special occasions, it will not be so suitable for everyday use.
*Please note our 12 months warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a black leather strap with a gold plated buckle. Please note if a different colour or style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige free of charge.
The Box and Papers
Although there is no original paperwork with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1924.
This watch comes complete with the hardwood presentation box, as shown.
Detailed particulars are included with the receipt, along with our 12 months Warranty* and a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale. This will also include our ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, Vintage Gold Watches of London will offer you a full refund at any time”.
We have here a rare, usable and highly collectable, vintage gold ladies cocktail watch, from horology’s most famous name which is something of beauty, to use, wear, treasure and enjoy!
This watch will also make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have continued to rise markedly in the past 2-3 years, we still feel fine examples such as this are undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches continues to expand, availability will become more limited, so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!
A word about our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are very successful, charging between two to three times the price you see here. We therefore consider our prices to be very fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
We are happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note we welcome part exchanges, along with outright purchases of similar watches for us to restore, service and list. We can also offer Watch Service, Watch Repair & Watch Restoration, please see here.
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