Rolex Oyster Perpetual 9K 1961 Thunderbird – Sorry Now Sold!


Absolutely Stunning 100% Authentic, All Original

Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Chronometer, 9K Yellow Gold, 1961

Superlative Chronometer Grade 1560 Calibre Automatic Movement

White Dial With Gold Dauphine Hands and Batons and Blued Steel Seconds Hand

Superb 9K Solid Yellow Gold Case In Clean Professionally Polished Condition

Case Size Large, 34mm Diameter Not Including the Rolex Crown

Rare Thunderbird Bezel In Excellent Condition

Complete with a Original Rolex Croc Leather Strap !!

Buy It Now Price includes the Vintage Rolex Presentation Case shown plus original sleeve!

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Price £2,825 Sold


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With a rare original 9 carat gold Thunderbird bezel, this superb 1961 Vintage 9 carat solid yellow gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual, is excellent condition and the original 1560 watch movement looks like new! The watch case is in superb all round condition and comes complete with an original Rolex strap in good part used condition.

The Case

The fully hallmarked 9K yellow gold case has no scratches or dings and is in only lightly used condition. The edges of the case are crisp which demonstrates the watch has been well cared for and probably only used as a dress watch. The case has been professionally cleaned and lightly polished. The original 9K yellow gold ‘Thunderbird’ bezel is in excellent condition with only a two small marks which might be expected of a watch from 1961. The case back is clean and undamaged with no engraving marks. Inside the case back there are two 9K hallmarks along with 0375 9K MONTRES ROLEX SA, GENEVA SWITZERLAND PATENTED, RWC Ltd. The case size is a large 34mm diameter not including the original Rolex Oyster Crown.

The Dial, Hands and Lens.

The restored but original white Rolex dial is rare and particularly eye catching with its gold dauphine hands and batons. The lens is also as new and completely clear and unmarked.

The Movement

This is the high grade “Superlative Chronometer” 25 Jewels 1560 calibre movement. This movement is known for being highly accurate, reliable and strong. As can be seen from the photographs the movement is exceedingly bright and clean and is in totally mint condition. In fact it looks completely untouched except for professional servicing. It is marked with the calibre number 1560, serial number, SWISS ROLEX SA GENEVA and 25 Jewels. The self winding movement has just been serviced and is running perfectly. It winds both automatically and manually just as it should, it sets perfectly and runs strongly. The movement has been time checked and timed and is running accurately and is now ready for many more years of reliable service. The movement carries a twelve months warranty and we will be very happy to arrange servicing for you in two or three years time if you wish.

The case markings, the movement calibre 1560, serial number are all the numbers correct for this watch, making manufacture in 1961.

The Strap and Buckle

The strap is an original part worn Rolex dark brown croc leather, which costs around £300.00 new. As you see this compliments the 9K yellow gold case very nicely. The buckle is a matching aftermarket Rolex yellow gold plate.

What’s Included…

The ‘Buy It Now’ price includes the Vintage Rolex box shown in the photographs and matching original sleeve which is worth approximately £100+. The ‘B.I.N.’ price also includes our 12 months written warranty on the movement. This is detailed on our written receipt. The watch is supplied on 7 days approval i.e. sale or return, 14 days for international customers. This is also detailed on our written receipt. We will also provide you an insurance valuation in case of loss and this will be for the replacement value which we estimate is £5,700.00 Delivery within the UK is also included for free. International delivery is included for £45.00

If the watch is being sent or taken abroad and the warranty isn’t important, we will be prepared to reduce the price a little. Likewise if you would prefer not to take the vintage Rolex box and sleeve.

In Summary – In this exceedingly condition, serviced and ready to wear, this vintage Rolex is rare indeed and great value at this price.

At this price we consider this watch to be exceedingly good value considering new equivalent Rolex 18K dress watch would retail at around £14,000 today. Further, a 1960s 9K gold Rolex in this condition, would be on sale for £5,000 to £7,500 in a Bond Street store or in the Burlington Arcade in Central London.

From an investment point of view, there is no question which is the better buy.

This 1961 Rolex would also make a wonderful special anniversary or birthday gift, and an excellent investment or heirloom piece.

Please note it is difficult to capture the full beauty of a vintage watch even in a good series of photographs. Needless to say, it is a much more rewarding experience to have and hold the watch and of course, to wear it with pride.