Ladies Rolex Precision Cocktail Watch 9ct 1966 on Original 9ct Bracelet
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Serviced, Inspected and Guaranteed
A Delightful Well Cared For, Immaculate Example
Case 15mm Diameter, Bracelet Size 20mm Wide and 17cm Long
Original Bracelet & Locking Clasp – Fits a Max Wrist Size 17cm
Beautiful Unrestored Silver-White Dial & Original ‘Lancette’ Hands
High Grade Rolex Cal.1601, 18 Jewels, Hand-Wound Movement
All Absolutely Immaculate and Simply Amazing Condition
Original Rolex Box Included as Shown
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee Included
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
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While the gents Rolex Precision was Rolex’ best selling watch throughout the 1950s and ’60s, many will be surprised to learn there was also a ladies Rolex Precision, sold at the same time. These made up around 10% of all the Precisions produced. Half of these were sold on leather straps and half on integral Rolex gold bracelets. These were expensive watches at the time, due to it being much more difficult to produce the much smaller movements, to the same required levels of accuracy and reliability as those in the larger gents watches.
The watch we have here is an absolutely amazing example of the ladies Rolex Precision cocktail watch in 9ct yellow gold from 1966. This watch is complete with its original integral bracelet, also in 9ct gold and made in the UK for Rolex by the famous watch case and jewellery maker, Roy King. More on this to follow later. The condition of the bracelet, watch case and movement is superb, indicating this watch has only ever seen very light occasional and careful use.
The silver-white dial with applied ‘Pencil’ hour indices is, as can be seen in the close-up photographs, in superb condition. The dial is complete with its original ‘Lancette’ style hands which are also tip-top, especially considering the age of the watch.
The dial is framed by a beautiful crystal effect bezel insert, which catches the light wonderfully. It is crowned with the usual Rolex ‘Coronet’ at 12 and is signed ‘Rolex’ with ‘Precision’ below.
At 15mm diameter, excluding the crown, this is quite a small watch in comparison with most others, however, the dial is quite easy to read, even at arm’s length.
As this dial is in original, unrestored condition, this has been left alone and untouched by our restoration team, due to its superb condition.
The 9ct yellow gold case measures 15mm in diameter, excluding the crown. The crown is unsigned but it is correct for this watch. Please note, the winding crown stem is slightly extended but remains hidden by the bracelet. The watch is easily wound by running one’s finger along the back of the crown. The hands are then set by pulling the crown proud of the bracelet.
On the inside of the case-back, the markings are all correct and signed RCK which stands for Roy Cecil King, a famous English jewellery and watch case maker, who made the case and bracelet for this watch. Based in Watford, Hertfordshire with a showroom in Mayfair London, he was very well known for making exclusive jewellery for the rich and famous. This would therefore have been an incredibly expensive piece in 1966! The case-back also carries London UK hallmarks which date this watch to 1966.
The case is of a very solid two-piece design with an integral bezel. This design improves 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. The case-back is of full thickness and has never been inscribed.
This watch has exceptionally well cared for and has simply required a clean, thorough inspection, then a gentle hand-polish to bring it back to its current ‘like new’ condition with no scratches, dings or other forms of damage visible to the naked eye.
Please note – our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The high grade Calibre 1601, 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 13.75mm diameter, Cal.1600 series movements performed equally as well as its larger gents Precision movements, and they succeeded! These are indeed high precision movements and the example here is running perfectly, having been calibrated to run consistently within plus 9 seconds per day! This is truly outstanding for any mechanical watch and it is no exaggeration – we have checked 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’, ‘Swiss’, ‘Geneve’ and 18 Jewels and is marked with the Calibre number 1601. This particular movement is in beautiful condition and with regular servicing, say every 3 to 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to continue to run very happily for many more decades to come. We are therefore 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 original, integral Rolex signed bracelet is in matching solid 9ct yellow gold. The bracelet is in fantastic condition, showing no significant signs of wear or damage visible to the naked eye. 9ct gold is harder wearing than 18ct and because the bracelet is flexible, made up of hundreds of small pieces, 9ct would have been chosen to make the bracelet stronger and more resilient to wear.
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 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 original Rolex signed clasp and lock is superbly designed with a safety catch which securely locks, making the watch secure 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 note – the catch is not adjustable, meaning this watch will not fit a larger wrist. However, it could be tailored to fit a smaller wrist. If upon purchasing this watch, this becomes necessary, we will be pleased to arrange this for you at our cost price.
Please call or message us to discuss this, or 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 this watch to 1966.
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 original Rolex presentation box shown in the photographs is included in the sale.
This is a superb, highly collectable and totally usable vintage watch from horology’s most famous name, which 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 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.
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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.
If you have any questions please call us on 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas please call +44 207 727 7095.
Please note, we welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or 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.
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