Here we have a highly elegant, fully restored vintage Rolex Precision, gentleman’s dress watch in 9ct gold from 1971. At 33mm diameter, this is a standard sized Rolex Precision for the period. This watch has a beautiful white dial in the classic 1960’s and early 70’s style, with original gilt ‘Index’ hands.
This is a beautifully clean and perfectly balanced dial, in pure white, with applied gilt batons and the Rolex ‘Coronet’ at 12. The batons are matched with gilt ‘Index’ hands and a gilt centre seconds hand. The dial is signed ‘Rolex’ and ‘Precision’ with ‘Swiss Made’ at the very bottom of the dial below the ‘6’.
This is the original dial which has been sympathetically restored to the very highest standards, by our dial restorers which are considered to be the best in the UK.
This is the original high grade Rolex Calibre 1225, 17 Jewels movement, which as can be seen in the photographs, is in sparkling clean condition. The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced. This means it has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt using original Rolex parts where required, by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. When tested and calibrated, this watch was running to within +8 seconds per day, which is outstanding for any vintage watch of this age! When fully wound, this movement has a 58-hour power reserve. The movement is all correctly signed ‘MONTRES ROLEX SA’, ‘GENEVA SWISS’, and ‘17 Jewels’, with the Calibre number 1225 and the reference number 9534.
These movements are strong, accurate and very reliable, making the watch perfectly appropriate for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in top condition and with regular servicing, every 3 years we would fully expect this watch to run very happily for many more decades to come! We are therefore more than pleased to offer a 12-month warranty on this watch movement* and regular servicing in the future.
*Please note our 12 months warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The original 9ct yellow gold watch case is of particularly high quality, having been made for Rolex by David Shackman & Sons, of Chesham, UK. Shackman were very high quality case makers and one of the two major English case-makers used by Rolex, the other being Dennison & Co. of Birmingham. The case is of two-piece construction with a press fit case-back which fits and clicks back with a firm and reassuring click.
The outside of the case-back is highly polished and unmarked and has never been engraved. It measures 33mm in diameter, excluding the original signed Rolex crown, so this is a typically sized gent’s Rolex Precision by the standards of its day. Inside the case-back, all the markings are correct and as expected with ‘D.S.&S’ for D Shackman & Sons, along with the reference number 88856. The case-back also carries London UK, 9ct hallmarks which date this watch to 1971.
As ever, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap & Buckle
A new high quality, brown ‘Croc’ strap has been fitted, along with a gold plated Rolex buckle. Please note, we feel the strap matches the watch nicely, however, 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, however, we can also obtain most types and colours at short notice.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are correct, dating the watch to 1971.
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”.
The inner and outer Rolex presentation boxes shown in the photographs will be included with this watch.
This is a first class example of a highly collectable and highly practical vintage watch from horology’s most famous name, which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! It will make an excellent evening wear dress watch as well as a practical highly accurate and reliable timepiece to use on an everyday basis.
Vintage gold Rolex Precision watches are highly collected and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong. This watch will make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece and even though vintage Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we feel fine examples such as this still remain undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage watches expands, 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 020 7727 7095 or mobile 07515 949 250. Or if calling from overseas our landline number is +44 207 727 7095 or mobile +44 7515 949 250.
We await your call! 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 also be very happy to hear from you.
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