Here we have a superb, fully restored gentleman’s 9ct vintage Rolex Precision ‘Coin Edge’ dress watch from 1965. This makes it one of the earliest ‘Coin Edge’ Precisions and its 34mm ‘Coin Edge’ case and elegant white 1 – 12 dial make this is a highly sought after watch, especially when found in such excellent condition.
The beautiful slightly off-white dial with applied gold 1 – 12 numerals is a classic, clean and simple design which is definitely one of our most popular Rolex Precision dials. The original restored gilt, ’Lance’ hands are beautifully elegant, completing this dial perfectly. Of particular note are the 1 – 12 numerals which on this dial are made of solid 9ct gold. This is very rare among Rolex precision dials.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by our dial restorers who are considered to be the best in the UK.
The watch carries its original high-grade Rolex Calibre 1215 Precision movement, which as can be seen, is in sparkling clean condition. The movement has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt using original Rolex parts, only where required, by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. His work is superb and when finally tested and calibrated, the watch was running consistently at +12 seconds per day, which is truly exceptional for any vintage watch of this age. The movement is all correctly signed ‘MONTRES ROLEX SA GENEVA’, ‘SWISS’, and ‘SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS’, with the Calibre number 1215 and the Reference number 215. These movements are strong, accurate and very reliable, making the watch perfectly suited for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in A1 condition and with regular servicing every 2-3 years, we would fully expect this watch to run happily for many more decades to come! We are pleased to offer a 12 month warranty on this watch movement*.
*Note – 12 Month warranty only included if the list price is paid.
The original 34mm, 9ct yellow gold watch case is of particularly high quality, having been made for Rolex by David Shackman & Sons, of Chesham, Bucks, UK. Shackman were very high-quality case makers and one of two English case-makers used by Rolex, the other being Dennison & Co. of Birmingham. The case is of three-piece construction with a press fit case-back which fits and clicks back with a reassuring click.
The ‘Coin Edge’ case and the case-back and bezel are all in superb condition with no marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. The watch has been beautifully well cared for and so after a close inspection has simply required a careful clean and gentle polish to bring it back to its current almost as new condition.
The outside of the early type, rounded case-back is unmarked and polished and has never been engraved. The case measures 34mm in diameter, not including the crown so this is a large sized Rolex Precision by the standards of the day. Inside the case-back, the markings are all correct for a Rolex watch case made by one its two U.K. case-makers, D.S.&S (David Shackman & Sons Ltd) along with the reference number 25347. The case-back also carries Birmingham 9ct hallmarks which date this watch to 1965.
Please note – original Rolex signed crowns are currently in short supply, but if you would like one fitting we can arrange this for an additional charge of £100.00.
Our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
The strap fitted is a new high-quality Dark Brown ‘Croc’ waterproof leather strap with a Rolex gold plated 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 and in plain padded leather, or crocodile skin or lizard skin.
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 1965. A detailed written receipt with a 12 month warranty* and a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale. A matching Rolex presentation box will be included in the sale.
This is a truly first class example of an early vintage Rolex Precision ‘Coin Edge’ which is ready to wear and completely practical for everyday use. If treated with care, this will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece. Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we still feel good examples such as this are still undervalued and as each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches continues to expand, prices will continue to climb ever higher.
This is a highly collectable vintage gold watch from horology’s most famous name which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to treasure and enjoy!
A word on our prices… We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then 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.
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 bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you.
If you have any questions please call on Landline 0207 727 7095 or Mobile 07515 949250 or if calling from overseas on Landline +44 207 727 7095 or Mobile +44 7515 949250.
Please note we welcome part exchanges.
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