Ladies Rolex Precision 9ct White Gold 1972

£2,950

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed

A Beautifully Well Cared For & Lightly Used Example

Immaculate 9ct White Gold Case, 18mm x 15mm, Excl. the Rolex Crown

High Grade Rolex Cal.1400, 18 Jewels, Hand-Wound Movement

Beautifully Restored Silver-White Dial & Original ‘Index’ Hands

All Absolutely Immaculate and Simply Amazing Condition

High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee Included

VGWL 12 Months’ Warranty Included*

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

VGW Reference: R1137
Price £2,950

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Description

While the gents Rolex Precision was Rolex’s best selling watch throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, many are surprised to learn there was also a ladies Precision, sold at the same time. These made up around 10% of all the Rolex Precisions produced. Half of these were sold on leather straps and half on integral Rolex gold bracelets. These were expensive watches at the time, because it was much more difficult to produce the much smaller 13.75mm diameter Rolex Calibre 1400 series movements to the same required levels of accuracy and reliability as the movements in the larger gents watches.

Description

The watch we see here is an absolutely delightful example of a 1972 ladies Rolex Precision dress or cocktail watch in 9ct white gold on with its original 9ct white gold Rolex bracelet. The bracelet is currently tailored to fit a wrist size of 17cm to 18cm.

The condition of the bracelet, watch case, original dial and movement are excellent, indicating this watch has only ever seen very occasional and careful use.

This is the perfect dress or cocktail watch, for either evening wear or regular daily use, as you so please.

The Dial

The silver-white dial with roman numerals at ‘3, 6, 9’ is in remarkable original condition, considering its age. The dial is complete with its original ‘index’ style hands which are also in A1 original condition. Both the dial and hands are untouched and unrestored. Normally we restore the dials of all our watches but here the dial is in such good original condition, we decided to retain its charm and felt restoration unnecessary.

Please note: This is a small watch and we use a very high definition camera with a high magnification macro lens to provide you with the best images possible. While this the most honest policy, this can be a little cruel in exposing every tiny flaw on a vintage watch which the naked eye would not normally notice.  In truth, you would not see these on your wrist unless you held the watch very close to your eye and you have 20:20 vision!

Although this is quite a small watch in comparison with most others, the dial, gilt hands, and gilt hour indices make the dial easy to read, even at arms length.

The dial carries the usual Rolex ‘Coronet’ at 12 and is signed ‘Rolex’ and ‘Precision’ with ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom.

The Case

The 9ct white gold rectangular case measures 18mm across, excluding the correct Rolex unsigned crown. The further dimensions of the case are x 15mm and 7mm deep.  Please note, the size of the winding crown may look slightly large in certain photographs. This is because the watch is small in comparison and the crown needs to be of adequate size in order to wind it. However please be assured, this is the correct original Rolex crown for this watch.

The case was made in the UK for Rolex by the high quality case makers D. Shackman & Sons. Shackman & Sons were very high quality case-makers and one of three English case-makers used by Rolex. Inside the case-back, the markings are all correct and as expected, signed ‘Rolex’ and ‘DS&S’ with the reference number 92092. London UK 9ct gold hallmarks date this watch to 1972. The case is of a very solid two-piece design with an integral bezel which was designed to improve water and dust resistance. The press-fit case-back clicks into place with a firm and satisfying ‘pop’, indicating it is a nice tight fit and importantly, the case-back is of full thickness and has never been inscribed.

This watch has been exceptionally well cared for therefore the case has simply required a clean, thorough inspection and a gentle hand-polish to bring it back to its current ‘like new’ condition with no scratches, dings or dimples, or other forms of damage visible to the naked eye.

Please note – as ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Movement

The high grade Calibre 1400, 18 Jewel, hand-wound movement is in incredibly clean and sparkling condition and has just been fully overhauled and serviced by our expert vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker.

Rolex went to considerable lengths and expense to ensure its smaller series movements perform equally as well as its larger gents Precision movements. These are high precision movements and the example here is running perfectly, having been calibrated to run consistently within plus or minus 14 seconds per day! This is excellent for any small mechanical watch and is no exaggeration – we have checked and confirmed the test results on our electronic watch timegrapher. This movement also has an excellent power reserve of 44 hours when fully wound.

The movement is signed ‘Rolex Geneve’, ‘Swiss’ and ‘18 Rubis’ (Jewels) and is marked with the Calibre number 1400. This particular movement is in beautiful condition and with similar care and regular servicing, say every 3 to 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to continue to run very happily for another 50+ years! We are therefore totally confident in offering this watch with our 12 months’ written warranty*.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.

The Bracelet

The original, integral, full-sized Rolex signed bracelet is also in matching solid 9ct white gold. This is quite a heavy bracelet which is in immaculate condition, showing no signs of wear or damage visible to the naked eye.

The bracelet remains at its original standard 17cm length, which means the watch and bracelet are a perfect fit for a lady with a wrist size/circumference of 17 centimetres. The Rolex signed clasp and lock provide an adjustment of 1 centimetre, meaning the watch will fit a wrist size 17cm – 18cm or 6.75 inches to 7 inches. The bracelet could be tailored to make it smaller quite easily, by our jewellers. However, making it longer will be a little more difficult and incur significant extra cost.

The bracelet is, as expected, superbly made and quite weighty and substantial. It is also in wonderful condition. While the links do not stretch, they are just flexible enough to hug the wrist beautifully with no gaps or unevenness in any of the links.

The original Rolex signed clasp is also superbly designed and substantial, with a secure second catch which effectively locks the bracelet on the wrist. This means it is impossible for the clasp to become accidentally undone and for the watch to become loose on the wrist. Please call or message us to discuss this, if you have any queries about the bracelet or any other aspect of the watch.

Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with the watch, the numbers and markings are all correct, dating it to 1972.

A detailed written receipt with 12 months’ warranty* and a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of the watch, 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”.

The hardwood presentation box shown in the photographs is included in the sale.

In Conclusion

One of the nicest ladies Rolex dress / cocktail watches we have seen, from horology’s most famous name. This will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to treasure and enjoy! It will make the perfect gift as well as a practical, accurate and reliable timepiece to use for evening wear, on a regular basis, as you so wish.

A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very best quality watches we can find, before then 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 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 UK bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% 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.

If you have any questions please call on our Landline 0207 727 7095. Or if calling from overseas please call us on +44 207 727 7095

Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.

We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.

Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.

Thank you.