A rare and simply stunning, early Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer, in 18ct Yellow Gold from 1954. This is Rolex model reference 6567 which here, has the very rare two-tone, Ivory and Silver, stepped sector dial. At 34mm diameter, excluding the Rolex screw-down crown, this a good sized watch, particularly by 1950s standards. This watch case also has the much more subtle and often preferred, early, fluted bezel. The Rolex Calibre 1030, 25 Jewel Chronometer grade movement is in tip-top condition and is known for being superbly accurate and reliable, even by current day standards. The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced and is in sparkling condition.
This watch carries a rare two-tone, Ivory and Silver, stepped sector dial. The outer edge minutes sector in Silver is stepped, which is a most unusual variation. This makes this dial very attractive and elevates this watch as a whole, to something we feel, is rather special. We have seen this before, but very seldomly, perhaps only two or three in the past ten years, making this is a very rare example.
As we have tried to demonstrate in the photographs, the Silver chapter ring catches the light beautifully, as does the main body of the dial, which can subtly change from Off-White to Ivory and Lemon depending on the light. Applied gilt ‘pencil’ hour indices. are matched by the original, restored, Dauphine hands.
In addition to it being particularly rare and attractive, we love the elegance, simplicity and symmetry of this dial.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by our dial restorers which are considered to be the best in the UK.
The Watch Case
The 18ct yellow gold case is in tip-top condition and measures 34mm, excluding the original signed Rolex Oyster screw-down crown. The case has been professionally cleaned, carefully inspected, very lightly polished and is immaculate with no scratches, dings or other damage, visible to the naked eye. The original, early 18ct gold bezel is so much more subtle than on a later Rolex. Here, it is in perfect condition, indicating this watch has been very well cared for and seen little real use.
Inside the case-back, all the markings are correct and as expected, with the Rolex signature; ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland’ and the Rolex model reference number 6567, along with Swiss Geneva 18ct hallmarks. The model reference number can also be found on the outside of the case between the lugs at 12 o’clock, and the watch case serial number 898241 at 6 o’clock. The case serial number confirms the date of manufacture of this watch to be 1954.
Please note – even though this watch was specified as waterproof when new, and the rubber seals have been replaced on the case-back and crown, the water resistance of this watch has not been tested and is not guaranteed.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The original high grade “Officially Certified Chronometer” 25 Jewels, 1030 calibre ‘butterfly’ movement is very highly regarded for its accuracy, reliability and shock resistance. This movement is known as a ‘butterfly’ movement, due to the lightened rotor which resembles a butterfly wing. Here, it is in sparkling condition and working perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This involves dismantling the watch to all its component parts, careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Rolex parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment, before final calibration in 5 positions. The watch winds, sets and runs accurately and reliably and after final testing and calibration, the movement is running strongly and accurately within +5 seconds/day, which is truly outstanding for a watch movement of this age! The power reserve of this watch is 42 hours.
This watch movement is now ready for many more years of faithful service and is perfectly suited for everyday use. This is offered with 12 months’ warranty on the movement*.
*Please note our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The movement is signed Rolex SA Geneva, Twenty Five Jewels, Adjusted to Five Positions and carries the movement reference number 566631 and the Calibre number 1030.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a new high quality, Tan Crocodile strap with a Rolex gold plated buckle. Please note if a different style or colour 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 burgundy and brown in stock, in plain padded leather, alligator, crocodile skin or lizard skin.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1954.
Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months’ Warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale with 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”.
The watch also comes complete with Rolex Oyster Inner and Outer presentation boxes.
A very rare and highly collectable vintage gold watch from horology’s most famous name which will provide an excellent financial investment, as well as be something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy!
This is a truly top class example of a 1954 vintage gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual, in wonderful condition. The watch is ready to wear and totally practical for everyday use. If treated with care it will make an excellent investment or family heirloom piece.
Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen markedly in the past 12 months, we still feel great examples such as this, remain undervalued. This is because as each year goes by, the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches is expanding almost exponentially. So we feel the finite supply will mean prices are destined to climb ever higher in the foreseeable future.
A word on 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 highly 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.
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Please note we welcome part exchanges.
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