Here we have a superb example of a Rolex Ladies Cocktail Watch with its original bracelet in 9ct yellow gold from 1933. 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 scratches, dings 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 1933. The case also carries the external reference numbers, but unfortunately these are no longer legible. The diameter of the case is 17mm, not including the crown and 27mm 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 carries 1 – 12 numerals in the art-deco style, complemented by beautiful original ‘Breguet’ blued steel hands. This is the original dial, which has been restored to the highest standards by our dial restorers who are considered to be the best in the UK.
The Rolex Prima Calibre.250, 15 Jewels movement is original to this watch. It is an advanced version, being timed in 6 positions as part of its design and assembly and is signed Rolex, Prima, 15 Rubies and 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*. Please 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 complete with its original adjustable 9ct yellow gold bracelet. The bracelet is fitted with a safety catch which ensures the bracelet cannot become accidentally undone. The bracelet is easily adjusted on the catch between wrist size 16.5 cm to 18cm.
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 1933. A detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included in the sale, along with our detailed receipt and 12 months Warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale, along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If at any time, 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 these 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 inevitably means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of 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 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 wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note we welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will be happy to Service, Repair or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call our landline on 020 7727 7095 or mobile 07515 949 250. If calling from overseas our landline number is +44 207 727 7095 or mobile +44 7515 949 250.
We will be happy to answer any questions and offer advice about this or any of our watches listed for sale. If you would like some general advice regarding any aspect of vintage watches, including buying, selling, or collecting, we will be delighted to hear from you.
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