Here we have an immaculate example of a Rolex Ladies Cocktail Watch in rare 9ct rose 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 simply beautiful Antique White dial has a Guilloche (finely engraved) finish, which has a cleverly designed pattern which divides the dial into 12 segments. These catch the light wonderfully, to give a slight starburst effect. This is a beautifully well-balanced dial, which has been very well thought through in design, execution and use. The dial design and case also complement each other beautifully and mean the time is very easily read for such a small watch. The 1 – 12 Breguet numerals are matched by original Breguet blued steel hands which are rare and much sought after among collectors.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest possible standards by the best dial restorers in the UK.
The original double-hinged, octagonal 9ct rose gold case is rare, as very few of these cases were made, particularly in rose gold, which was not very often used during the 1920s. The case-back is round and so there are no corners or edges which might otherwise be uncomfortable on the wrist. The case-back is of full thickness, beautifully polished and has never been engraved. As one would expect, this is a high quality case which shows every indication of being very well cared for with no signs of over-polishing, dings, scratches or other signs of damage visible to the naked eye. The case carries 9ct UK hallmarks on the outside of the case, just above the crown.
Inside the case-back is signed RWC Ltd for Rolex Watch Company and carries Glasgow UK hallmarks which date the watch to 1924. The case proudly proclaims ‘ROLEX 7 World’s Records – Gold Medal, Geneva Suisse’ – The legend “7 World Records” first appears in the hallmark year 1923/24 so this also matches and confirms the date of this watch. Rolex would announce each year the running total number of gold medal prizes they had won, for the accuracy and reliability of their watch movements. This script is then followed by the very early Rolex serial number for this watch which is 12,518. Rolex serial number/date tables tended to start in 1926 with the serial number 28,000 and so 12,518 in 1924 seems to match, as production numbers were increasing rapidly during this period following the opening of the Rolex Geneva watch assembly facility in 1922. Suffice to say that only ten years later, 12,500 would have been the production for just one year.
The diameter of the case is 25mm in diameter, not including the correct onion crown, and 30mm in length, including the lugs. The watch is quite slim for the period at 9mm, including the lens which stands slightly proud of the dial. The case and hinge areas, 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 original high grade Rolex 15 Jewel, Calibre 13″ Swiss movement is in simply amazing condition. Even the Perlage finishing on the bridge and plates, which was all applied by hand over 90 years ago, looks fresh with no signs of tarnishing. This movement is equally immaculate, but this alone indicates that the watch has been carefully looked after and regularly serviced. The movement is signed Rolex, 15 Jewels and Swiss Made.
The watch movement has been fully overhauled and serviced by our watchmaker who reports it to be 10/10. Following final testing and calibration, this watch was checked and found to be running at +3 seconds/day. Please note this is outstanding for any watch over 50 years old. We are therefore happy to offer this watch with our 12 months’ warranty*.
*Please note – Our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
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.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a Black Leather strap and plain gold plated buckle. 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 are no original papers with the watch, the numbers and markings are all correct, dating this watch to 1951. A detailed written receipt with 12 months’ warranty* and a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘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”.
This watch comes complete with the original vintage Rolex presentation box, as shown.
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.
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