Rolex Datejust Turn-O-Graph Model Ref.1625 18ct c1961
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
Beautifully Well Cared For and Completely Original Example
Rolex Model Ref.1625, Calibre 1560, 26 Jewels, Automatic Movement
High-Grade High Accurate Officially Certified Chronometer Movement
Very Early Very Rare & Collectible Early 18ct Turn-O-Graph & Original Bracelet
Superb, Original, Unrestored and Untouched Gold Dial with Original ‘Stick’ Hands
Large Size 36mm Diameter 18ct Gold Case, Excluding the Rolex Screw-Down Crown
Wonderful Condition 18ct Case With Excellent Definition All Round, Including Bezel
Original Full-Size Matching Rolex 18ct Yellow Gold Jubilee Bracelet 18 Links + Clasp
Fully Serviced, Otherwise All in Absolutely Superb Original Unrestored Condition
A Superb Investment. Only The Second We’ve Seen In The Past 10 years!
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Presentation Box Included, as Shown
VGWL 12 Months Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
Founded in 1905 in England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, the company became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving to its new Geneva headquarters in 1919. The success of the wristwatch can be largely attributed to many of Rolex’s innovations which made the company one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These have included its famous “Oyster” case — the world’s first water-resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and its “Perpetual” — the world’s first reliable, self-winding movement for the wristwatch, launched in 1933. These would form the foundation for Rolex’s Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956. Also and equally importantly, Rolex is known for its sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.
During the 1930s and ’40s, Rolex also became quite masterful at courting tremendous publicity and excitement through literally being ‘on hand’ during numerous record-breaking events. These were, for example, swimming the English Channel (1927), breaking the world automobile speed record (300mph, 1935), breaking the sound barrier (1947) and climbing Everest for the first time in 1953. No matter how well orchestrated these events came to be, we have to admire Rolex for becoming masters of self-promotion and capitalising on every opportunity with simultaneous worldwide marketing campaigns.
Of course, Rolex is now so ubiquitous it is almost its own kind of its currency. A Rolex is the watch you want on your wrist when you’re in a Third World country when revolution breaks out and there’s only one seat on the plane, – and there’s a guy standing there with a machine gun! You give him a Rolex and he’ll give you the seat!
The Rolex Turn-O-Graph was a highly significant step in the development of Rolex. It was Rolex’ first sports watch. The Rolex Ref 6202 was first released in 1953 following the Datejust, in 1945 and just one year before the Submariner in 1954. The Turn-O-Graph was Rolex’ first commercial release of a watch with a rotating bezel. If one takes a look at the earliest examples of each model, it is clear the first Turn-O-Graph was the testing ground for the Submariner, as each looked remarkably similar when first released.
The model ref. 6202 was soon replaced in 1954 by the much-revised model ref. 6309. In effect, this returned the Turn-O-Graph to the Datejust family as a date function and cyclops window were added along with the new engine-turned bezel with markers every five and ten minutes as seen on Turn-O-Graphs ever since. In fact, the 6202 looked very similar to the watch you see here, the model ref 1625 released in 1958, which was produced all the way up and until 1977. This model also introduced the highly successful Calibre 1560 movement which remained in production until 1965.
The example you see here is a very early, very rare and collectible, 18ct yellow gold Turn-O-Graph with the Original Rolex 18ct yellow gold bracelet. Its original Cal.1560 movement is running strongly and accurately having been overhauled and serviced by ourselves.
The original unrestored and untouched gold dial is typical of the early 1960s Datejust. Applied gold ‘baton’ hour indices which are centered with black, are matched by the original ‘Stick’ hands which also remain original and unrestored. This wonderful dial has of course, got the well known cyclops date window at 3, which looks perfectly placed. Of course, the perennial Rolex Coronet tops the dial at 12.
The dial is correctly signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual’, ‘Datejust’ with ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ at the bottom of the dial just above 6.
As this dial is in original, unrestored condition, this has been left untouched by our restoration team due to its superb condition. Usually, we restore the dials of the watches we sell, however we decided in this case to leave it alone, due to its unusually good condition and to retain its originality and charm for those who prefer this. It also helps to contrast with almost all of the other watch dials you see on our website, which have been restored. The hands, likewise, have also been left in their original untouched condition.
Please note, studio lights, professional-grade digital cameras, and macro lenses can be very unkind to an unrestored vintage watch dial. Also the dial here measures less than 1.25 inches across, so the image you’re seeing may be between 5 – 25 times larger than the watch itself. Therefore please keep in mind you are seeing many tiny flaws which cannot be seen, or will be very hard to see with the naked eye, even under close examination. Suffice to say, on the wrist, in natural light, this dial looks much better and carries a great deal more charm than the photographs portray.
The Watch Movement
The original, high grade “Officially Certified Superlative Chronometer”, 26 Jewel, Calibre 1560 movement is highly regarded for being very accurate, reliable and strong. It is in sparkling condition and it is working perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This means the movement has been completely disassembled to each of its component parts, cleaned and inspected under high magnification and then rebuilt using only original Rolex parts where required, before testing and careful calibration. The watch has just been re-tested (as it will be prior to delivery) and is running to within +8 seconds per day, which is outstanding for a vintage watch of this age! The movement also has a 48 hour power reserve when fully wound. This was the first movement to incorporate the instant date change at 12:00 midnight
These movements are strong, accurate and very reliable making the watch appropriate for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in top condition and with regular servicing every 2 to 3 years we would fully expect this watch to run very happily for many more decades to come! We are therefore pleased to offer a 12-month warranty on this watch movement* and servicing in the future. Signed ‘MONTRES ROLEX SA GENEVA’ and ‘TWENTY SIX JEWELS’, ‘ADJUSTED to FIVE POSITIONS’, the movement carries the calibre number 1560.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Watch Case
The 18ct yellow gold case measures 36mm, excluding the Rolex Oyster screw-down crown. The case has been carefully inspected inside and out and then very gently cleaned and lightly hand-polishing to remove any tarnishing. Even though this is an early example, very little of the definition has been lost and all the lines, including on the bezel, remain clear. It is therefore in superb condition with very few scratches, dings or similar marks visible to the naked eye.
The watch carries the Turn-O-Graph bezel which is very well defined, with very few marks visible to the naked eye.
The rotating bezel was designed so that the watch can be used as a simple chronograph. Rather than setting the seconds hand to zero and starting it to time and event, the bezel can simply be rotated so that zero lines up with the second’s hand as it rotates, and you may then time an event in seconds by reading the elapsed seconds on the bezel. Similarly one may time an event in minutes by aligning zero on the bezel with the minutes hand.
As can be seen, the bezel remains in excellent condition and is free from any marks, which is unusual as the bezel is the most prone part of the watch case and most easily damaged through nicks and scratches.
The screw-down case-back is of full-thickness, having never been inscribed. The inside of the case-back carries the Rolex model number 1625 with 18ct Swiss Geneva hallmarks and is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland’.
Please note, although the waterproof seals have been replaced and this watch was originally specified as waterproof when new, this has not been tested and it is not guaranteed.
As always, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The 18ct yellow gold Rolex Jubilee bracelet is original to this watch and is of full size, complete with its original 18 links plus Rolex adjustable clasp. The bracelet has been very lightly used and has simply required a gentle polish.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with the watch, the numbers and markings are all correct, dating this watch to c1961.
Our detailed Watch Particulars document will be included with a receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided, 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 watch comes complete with a Rolex Oyster Perpetual presentation box, as shown in the photographs.
If you would like to pay by bank transfer we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. 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.
Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and unfortunately out of our control.
We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges, however attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.
For those that happen to visit the UK on occasion we are of course more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and your watch directly to you there.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no quibble sale or return policy.
To summarise, this is an incredibly rare Rolex with an incredible amount in its favour! It will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to wear, treasure and enjoy! It will make the perfect evening wear dress watch as well as a practical, highly accurate and reliable timepiece to use on an everyday basis. Although this is one of our more expensive watches, its quality will be remembered for long after its purchase price will be forgotten.
Vintage gold Rolex ‘Datejust’ watches are highly collectable and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong, meaning this watch will also make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though vintage Rolex prices have risen strongly in recent years, we feel high-quality 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 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.
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.
If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.