Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cal.1030 18ct Pink Gold 1955
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Carefully Owned & Lightly Used Example
Rolex Oyster Perpetual, Rolex Model Ref 6567
Rare, Swiss Hallmarked 18ct Solid Pink Gold Rolex Oyster Case
High Grade Cal.1030, 25 Jewel Chronometer Automatic Movement
Beautifully Restored Dial with ‘Dauphine’ Hands and ‘Baton’ Hour Indices
34mm Diameter Case, Excluding the Rolex Super Oyster Non-Screw-Down Crown
Fluted Bezel, Case Body and Screw-Back, all in Tip-Top Condition
Officially Certified Chronometer, Highly Accurate Movement
High Quality Brown Alligator Strap & Rolex Gold-Plated Buckle
Rolex Oyster Presentation Box Included, as Shown
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
Founded in 1905 in England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, the partnership soon 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.
A highly elegant Rolex Oyster Perpetual Chronometer in very rare 18ct pink gold from 1955. This is Rolex model reference 6567, with the Rolex Calibre 1030, 25 Jewel Chronometer grade movement which is superbly accurate and reliable, even by current day standards. The movement has been overhauled and serviced and is in sparkling condition.
At 34mm in diameter, excluding the crown, this is quite a good-sized watch by 1950s standards. This watch case also has the more understated and much sought after fluted bezel and the excellent Rolex Cal.1030 movement, which is in sparkling condition.
This has to be one of the most beautiful of all the late 1950s Rolex dials. Pink gold ‘baton’ hour indices are matched by the original restored pink gilt ‘dauphine’ hands and blued steel seconds hand, all of which contrast wonderfully against the wonderful ivory cream dial. The design is beautifully balanced and perfectly symmetrical. In terms of purity and elegance, the absence of a date function is often preferred to retain a dials perfect balance. This dial also has the wonderful addition of a crosshair and an outer minute track around the edge of the dial.
The dial carries the applied Rolex Coronet at ’12’ and is signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual and ‘Officially Certified Chronometer’ with ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom.
The lens has been replaced by a new, original Rolex part.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the highest standards by our dial restorers who are considered to be the best in the UK.
The Watch Movement
The original high grade “Officially Certified Chronometer” 25 Jewels, 1030 calibre ‘butterfly’ movement is very highly regarded for being particularly accurate, reliable and strong. This movement is known as a ‘butterfly’ movement, due to the lightened rotor which resembles a butterfly wing. Here, it is in sparkling condition and working perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This includes dismantling the watch to all its component parts and careful inspection under high magnification, replacement where necessary with only genuine Rolex parts, then careful reassembly and adjustment before final calibration in 5 positions. The watch winds, sets and runs accurately and reliably and after final testing and calibration, is running strongly and accurately within +16 seconds/day, which is outstanding for a watch movement of this age! The power reserve of this watch is 48 hours. This watch is perfect suited for either everyday or occasional use, as you wish.
The movement is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Twenty Five Jewels’ and ‘Adjusted to Five Positions’, along with the movement reference number N820754 and the Calibre number 1030.
This watch movement is now ready for many more years of faithful service and is perfectly suited for everyday use. We are therefore very confident in offering this watch with our extendable 12-month warranty on the movement*.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Watch Case
The rare, 18ct pink gold case is in tip-top condition and measures 34mm, excluding the original Rolex signed Oyster screw-down crown. The case has been professionally cleaned, carefully inspected and lightly polished and is immaculate with no scratches, dings or other damage visible to the naked eye. The case carries its original fluted bezel, a feature which is now a defining feature of the Oyster Perpetual range.
Inside the case-back, all the markings are correct and as expected with the Rolex signature and signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland’, along with Geneva Swiss 18ct hallmarks. The case also carries the Rolex model reference number 6567.
The watch case serial number 382,258 can be found between the lugs at 6 o’clock which confirms the date of manufacture of this watch as 1955.
Please note – even though this watch was specified as waterproof when new, and the rubber seals have been replaced on the case-back and crown, the water-resistance of this watch has not been tested and is not guaranteed.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
This watch is fitted with a high quality brown Alligator strap with a gold-plated Rolex buckle. However, if a different style or colour of strap is preferred, please let us know and we will do our best to oblige, free of charge. We carry tan, conker, dark brown burgundy and brown in stock, in plain padded leather, alligator, crocodile skin or lizard skin. Please check out the excellent range of straps at our partner website: www.watchobssession.co.uk
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1955.
Detailed particulars will be included with the receipt, along with our 12 months’ warranty. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will also be provided at the time of sale and our ‘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 the Rolex Oyster presentation box shown in the photographs.
This is a truly top class example of a 1955 vintage gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual, in wonderful condition. The watch is ready to wear and totally practical for everyday use. If treated with care it will make an excellent investment or family heirloom piece as well as be something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy!
Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen markedly in the past 12 months, we still feel great examples such as this are undervalued, because as each year goes by, the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches is expanding almost exponentially and so we think prices are destined to climb ever higher in the foreseeable future.
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before then 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.
We are happy to accept PayPal as this is the quickest method of payment. However, if you would like to pay by UK cheque or by UK 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.
If you have any questions please call 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas +44 207 727 7095.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges.
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