Rolex Oyster Perp. Air-King 1957 Black Dial 9K + 9K Bracelet – Sorry Now Sold 20th May 2014


100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced and Guaranteed

Superbly Restored Original ‘3 6 9’ Black Dial

Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Air-King, Super Precision 1957

Large 34mm 9ct Solid Yellow Gold Rolex Swiss Made Case

High Grade, Certified Chronometer Cal. 1530 Automatic Movement

Perfect, Original Unmarked, Smooth Bezel, Case and Case Back

Provided with Original Rolex Jubilee 9ct Matching Bracelet

All in Absolutely First Rate & Simply Stunning Condition

This Watch is offered with 12 months Written Warranty*

Also Offered with an Original Vintage Rolex Oyster Presentation Case*

VGW Reference:
Price £4,650 Sold


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A rare Gents Large 34mm, Rolex Oyster Perpetual (automatic), Black Dial ‘Air King’, Super Precision in 9ct solid yellow gold from 1957. The watch is  on its original matching Rolex 9ct Bracelet and has its original high grade Cal.1530 high grade movement covered by a screw down case back and operated by a Rolex Oyster screw down crown. This watch has many desirable aspects to it and most of all the model has a great history behind it! Rolex watches were considered the watch of choice by R.A.F. Battle of Britain fighter pilots and because of this, the Rolex founder, Hans Willdorf, decided to honour “The Few” with a wide range of Rolex ‘Air’ designs. These were the Rolex Air-Tiger, Air-Lion, Air-Giant and Air-King. The Rolex Air-King has remained in production through many variants until this day and therefore is considered an ideal entry level Rolex for people willing to make a significant investment in vintage Rolex.

The Dial

The original Air-King ‘3 6 9’ dial, rarely found in black, with raised gold crown, and spearhead batons, and hands all restored to the very highest standards. With the raised gold Rolex crown at 12, the dial is signed ROLEX, ‘Oyster-Perpetual’ and ‘Air-King’ and Super Precision. The wonderful original gold ‘Dauphine’ style hands and gold ‘needle’ seconds hand are all in superb condition. The dial also has an outer seconds track which is subdivided into halves of a second. Marvellously, this is matched by the movements of the seconds hand, as it subscribes the dial.

The Case

The 9ct solid yellow case is in excellent condition with no marks dings or scratches visible to the naked eye. It measures 34mm in diameter not including the Rolex crown. This watch has the Oyster (screw down) crown. Inside the screw down case back are found the model and case reference numbers are along with Geneva Swiss 9ct hallmarks along with no fewer than three Rolex signatures. The case has been professionally cleaned and very lightly polished and is looking superb.

The Movement

The high grade Cal.1530 automatic movement has just been serviced and is running perfectly. It is signed Rolex, Geneva Twenty Five Jewels and 1530. This particular movement is in superb condition and with regular servicing, say every 3 to 4 years we would fully expect this watch to run quite happily for another lifetime! The movement has been thoroughly inspected, cleaned and fully serviced by a highly qualified Rolex watchmaker. We are therefore very confident in offering this watch with a 12 months warranty*.

*Only included if ‘Buy It Now’ price is paid.

The Bracelet

The watch comes with its original matching Rolex 9ct ‘Jubilee’ style 9ct solid gold bracelet which is in superb condition. The bracelet is signed ROLEX and is stamped with the Rolex crown and Geneva 9ct hallmarks. The ‘Jubilee’ style bracelet is light in weight and full in size, up to 8 inches wrist size and so it can be worn loose or it is adjustable by up to three quarters of an inch by use of the very secure clasp. And by removing two or three links which is simple matter for any good jewellers, it can be tailored to your ideal size. Alternatively a high quality, new crocodile, padded strap will be fitted with an original solid gold Rolex buckle.

The Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the numbers and markings on the watch are all correct dating the watch to 1957. A detailed written receipt, with a separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale. The genuine vintage Rolex box shown in the accompanying photographs is offered with the sale*.

*Only included if ‘Buy It Now’ price is paid.

In Conclusion

We love to find 1950’s vintage gold watches of this quality and condition and offer them here for sale. This is an extremely desirable and highly collectable vintage watch from horology’s most famous name, which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to treasure and enjoy!

Even though prices have moved on a little recently, we still feel gold Rolex watches from this period are undervalued. As each year goes by the world market for vintage Swiss gold watches is growing almost exponentially and so inevitably this will mean prices climb ever higher.

We are happy to accept Paypal as this is the quickest method of payment. We also welcome payment by bank transfer or cheque.

For more information and to discuss the price and payment, please call 020 7727 7095 or text Alan on 07515949250 or +44 7515949250 if calling from overseas.

Delivery is free within the UK and we charge only £45 for world-wide delivery via DHL.

We are also able to take part exchange watches of a similar watches to those which we stock.