Rolex Model Ref.815 9ct c1934
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
A Beautifully Well Cared For & Lightly Used Example
All Absolutely Top Grade and Simply Wonderful Condition
Superb 9ct UK Hallmarked Yellow Gold Rolex Press-Fit Case
Size 25mm Wide, 32mm Long, 36mm Diagonal, Excluding the Lugs
Original, Unrestored and Untouched White Dial with Wonderful Even Patina
Original, Blued Steel Cathedral Hands with Subsidiary Seconds Dial
High-Grade, 15 Jewel Hand-Wound, Swiss Made Rolex Movement
High Quality Black Leather Strap with Rolex Gold-Plated Buckle
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
Rolex Presentation Box Included, as Shown
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
The late 1920s and early ’30s saw Rolex at its most creative and dynamic. Having launched the world’s first truly waterproof and commercially successful (Oyster) watch in 1926, this relatively young company, est. 1906, went on to launch its first automatic waterproof wristwatch, the Oyster Perpetual Chronometer in 1934. These groundbreaking achievements are the foundations on which the company we know today was built. However, even at this early stage of development, this highly ambitious company offered a wide range of models to the market, many of which we seldom see today, due to relatively low production numbers.
Here we have a stunning, completely original, unrestored and untouched square gentleman’s 9ct vintage Rolex dress watch from c1934. This watch carries a unique original dial with black baton hour indices and blued steel hands, all of this completed by a subsidiary seconds dial, not forgetting the outstanding Extra-Prima hand wound movement.
Here we have an outstanding off-white dial which is completely original, unrestored and untouched and remains in wonderful condition. Square and rectangular watch dials present certain challenges to dial designers, but here the approach is very simple with Black Baton hour indices which are matched with blued steel ‘cathedral’ hands on a slightly Off-White dial which has a unique even patina. This dial has a delicate minute rail track in the centre
The dial is correctly signed: ‘Rolex’ just below 12.
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 movement fitted to this watch is the original 10½ Hunter, 15 Jewel Extra Prima movement which was used in Rolex’s highest quality watches of this period. As may be noted from the photographs, this is the especially high grade ‘Timed to 6 Positions For All Climates’ movement as used in Rolex’s chronometer movements. The movement is in very clean condition having just completed a full overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This means it has been completely dismantled to each of its component parts before cleaning and inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Rolex parts, then careful reassembly, adjustments and oiling to Rolex specification, before final calibration and testing.
The movement is therefore now running accurately and within expectations of 30 seconds per day. The timing expected of a Rolex movement of this period is within 1 minute per day, and this is our guarantee. The power reserve when fully wound on this movement is 30 hours. We are therefore confident in offering this watch with a 12-month written warranty*.
The movement is signed ‘Rolex Extra Prima’, ‘Swiss Made’ and ‘15 Jewels’.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Watch Case
The case measures 25mm across, excluding the correct Rolex unsigned crown, and 32mm from top to bottom. This may seem a little small, but it is, in fact, a very large watch for the period, especially when one considers it is 36mm from lug to lug and 42mm across the diagonal including the lugs. The two-piece case is not hinged, but is opened using the bottom lip and swings open, revealing the dial. The movement can then be removed without any tools by holding the upper case and gently lifting the case back away from the main case – not recommended for the inexperienced or faint at heart.
When acquiring such a rectangular or square watch, especially in gold, it is important to ensure the case shows no wear, no fatigue cracks and no pinholes, particularly around the case back and corner areas. This type of case is prone to wear and damage in these areas, which is another reason these watches are rare, as cases become beyond repair and restoration. Fortunately, this example has been very well cared for and lightly used, so apart from our usual careful examination and cleaning, the case has required little work apart from some very light hand-polishing. There are no scratches or dings, and no damage/wear visible to the naked eye.
Inside the case-back is correctly signed: Rolex Geneva Suisse, along with “20 World Records”, indicating the number of ‘prizes’ Rolex had won at worlds watch fairs, the inside of the case is also signed ‘Gold Medal’ and ‘Geneva Suisse’. The case, in common with the majority of Rolex gold cases of this period, was hallmarked in Glasgow, U.K and the hallmark dates this watch to c1934. Externally, the case-back also carries the Rolex reference number 815 and the case serial number 45196. As can be seen, these numbers are clear and distinct, which is a very strong indication this watch has been very lightly used.
As always, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
The watch is fitted with a high quality black leather strap and Rolex gold-plated buckle which we feel suits the watch perfectly. However, if a different colour or different style of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to provide your choice, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin and can also obtain most types and colours from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of straps if you wish here.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating this watch to c1934.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this 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 Rolex presentation box shown in the photographs is included.
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.
This is a truly first-class example of a 1930s vintage Rolex which is ready to wear and completely practical for everyday use. If treated with care, it will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece and even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we still feel good examples such as this are still undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches continues to expand, prices will continue 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.