Of all the 1950s vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetuals, this has to be one of our favourites. The wonderful Bombé sculptured lugs case and the period gold ‘Hearts and Arrows’ on a white dial, are simply beautiful and a combination which we never tire of. The most attractive gentleman’s Rolex automatic dress watch, by far! Here in 14ct yellow gold and fully restored to immaculate condition, so now ready and set for many more years of faithful service!
1950′s vintage Rolex dials are we feel, some of the best examples of the classic elegance the period is famous for and this precise dial with the Rolex Crown at 12 o’clock, and then Hearts and Arrows hour markers in gold around a plain white dial is to our eyes, the most beautiful dial of the period. Here it also looks particularly stunning due to the superb work of our dial restorers who are the best in the UK. It is therefore immaculate, no matter how closely one examines it. Even under high magnification, it looks as good as new. Update: 11th March, we have now managed to obtain and fit a new pair of original Rolex ‘Dauphine Hands’ as the ‘Stick Hands’ shown were a later addition and not of the right period for this watch! As can be seen in photos 1, 6 & 7.
Again, very special in having the most attractive and the most desirable Bombé sculptured lugs also often referred as ‘Bombay’ case. This removes the block angles of the Oyster case and replaces them with much softer and more fluid lines of the Bombé dress watch design. Compared side by side with the usual Oyster case this looks far more classy and when you get to know the difference there is no comparison. These are rare watches so if you see one and like it, we recommend you snap it up because prices are climbing. This time last year we were buying and restoring these for 15 – 20% less, and the year before, the same!
This lightly used example has only required professional cleaning and very careful gentle polishing to bring the solid 14ct solid yellow gold case back to showroom condition and it is showing hardly any signs of wear. In fact we have carefully examined and photographed the case under high magnification lenses and from all angles and we are struggling to find any marks or other signs of wear or use. The screw back design has its rubber seal intact and this is also in ‘almost as new’ condition. The case measures just over 33mm wide, excluding the Rolex Oyster crown and 40mm including the lugs. The Inside case-back all is as expected. Signed MONTRES ROLEX SA, GENEVA SWISS, PATENTED with the Rolex model number 6593. It is all appropriately double hallmarked for Geneva and 14ct 0.585 gold. The case also carries its serial number on the outside between the lugs, dating the watch to 1951
The chronometer grade, Rolex Calibre.1530 automatic movement has just been serviced and is running perfectly. Again it is immaculate following a complete overhaul by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This involves complete dismantling, close examination and replacement and replacement where necessary with only genuine Rolex parts, and then careful reassembly and lubrication, again with Rolex specified lubricants only. This particular movement again looks incredibly clean and so the movement winds and sets nicely just as it should and when tested following its overhaul, this watch is currently it is keeping accurate time to within +11 seconds per day. This is incredibly good for any watch of this age. Because of this, we are very confident in offering this watch for sale with our 12 months warranty* so for any issues within the first 12 months and you are very welcome to send it back to us for prompt attention and return.
The movement is again all correctly signed ‘MONTRES ROLEX SA GENEVA’, ‘SWISS’, and ‘TWENTY FIVE 25 JEWELS’.. These movements are incredibly strong, accurate and reliable and with regular servicing, around every 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to run happily for another lifetime! We will be happy to assist you with competitive servicing throughout!
Please note, while this watch may have been waterproof when new, this has not been tested and this is not guaranteed. We recommend all vintage watches should be kept clean and dry.
The Strap and Buckle
The current strap fitted is a very nice new, high-quality Italian made, water resistant strap in dark green Alligator skin. Perhaps not a traditional choice, but one we feel lifts the watch a little for a more contemporary look, however, we will be very happy to fit the more usual dark brown crocodile or anything else you might like. The strap is also fitted with a gold plated Rolex 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. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most styles and colours at short notice. * A choice of Hirsch Straps is available. Choose your own here free of charge at our partners:- www.watchobsession.co.uk/collections/genuine-hide/19mm – and just let us know!
The Box and Papers
Although there is no original paperwork with this watch, the reference numbers, signatures and hallmarks all correct and date the watch to 1951. Detailed particulars of this watch are included with the receipt and 12-month Warranty* and a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value which 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.
This is a truly outstanding example of a 1950s vintage Rolex automatic which is ready to wear and quite appropriate and practical for regular everyday use. It is also a highly collectable piece from horology’s most famous name, which if treated with care will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something for you to treasure and enjoy!
We are happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, we would prefer if possible, payment by bank transfer or cheque as this saves on fees. Please call us first and we will be happy to pass on the savings to you.
*Note – 12 Month warranty only included if the list price is paid.
We are also able to take part exchanges. We are also willing to remove a watch from sale and hold it safely for you while you collect your funds together. Please see our FAQs for more details.
If you have any questions about this or any of our watches, or if you need help or advice about anything vintage watch related we will be happy to receive your call.
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