Rolex Oyster Perpetual Zephyr 14ct 1959
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Beautifully Well Cared For, Lightly Used Example
Rolex Model 1008 Oyster Perpetual, 14ct Yellow Gold Case
Large Size 34mm, Excluding the Rolex Signed Oyster Crown
Rolex Chronometer Grade Cal.1560, 26 Jewels Automatic Movement
Beautifully Restored Silver-White Dial with Cross-Hair Design
Immaculate 14ct Case, Zephyr Bezel, Case-Back and Lugs
New Brown Alligator Strap and Rolex Gold-Plated Buckle
Inner & Outer Rolex Presentation Boxes Included
All in Simply Stunning Condition Throughout
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*
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Founded in 1905 in England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it 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.
Here we have a beautifully restored gentleman’s 14ct vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual ‘Zephyr’ dress watch, from 1959. The Zephyr is a rare model characterised by a unique Zephyr bezel, cross-hair dial design, with stud hour indices, and no outer minutes ring. This is Rolex model ref 1008, with the Cal.1560, Certified Chronometer Grade (highly accurate and highly reliable) automatic movement. The silver starburst Zephyr dial is simply stunning. This highly elegant Rolex is in immaculate condition.
Please take a good look at the simplicity and beauty of this dial. The original Rolex Oyster Perpetual ‘Zephyr’ dial design is a spectacular variation on the classic Rolex Oyster Perpetual design. The starburst dial features a cross-hair design with small dot stud hour indices. The use of small dots rather than the ‘baton’ or ‘arrowhead’ hour indices leaves empty space on the dial giving a very sparse and sleek look. The silver-white dial contrasts beautifully with the gold ‘Lance’ hands and gold watch case. The design gives a unique, space-age feel to the watch, while still maintaining the solid roots of a recognisable Rolex with, of course, the perennial Rolex Coronet at the very top of the dial.
The dial is signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual’, ‘Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified’ with ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom of the dial.
The lens has been replaced with a new original, as part of the restoration.
This is the original Rolex dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by our dial restorers who are considered to be the best in the UK.
The Watch Case
The original, Swiss hallmarked 14ct gold case measures 34mm in diameter, excluding the original Rolex Oyster screw-down crown. As mentioned above, this rare watch carries the Zephyr bezel, which is in remarkable condition. It is showing only the slightest signs of wear, which is unusual as these are prone to damage and are often over-polished. The rest of the case, the sides, lugs and case-back are also all in tip-top condition.
The case has been professionally cleaned and very lightly hand-polished, only to remove some tarnishing, and it is now looking superb. Inside the case-back are two Swiss 14ct hallmarks and 0.585-14K, along with ‘MONTRES ROLEX SA GENEVA SWITZERLAND PATENTED’ and the model no. 1008. Between the lugs at 6 is the case serial number 1,255,649 which dates the watch to 1959 and between the lugs at 12 is signed ‘REGISTERED DESIGN’ and the model number 1008.
Please note, although the waterproof seals have been replaced as part of the restoration, and this watch was originally specified as waterproof when new, this has not been tested and it is not guaranteed. As always, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The watch carries its original very high grade ‘Superlative Chronometer’ Calibre 1560, 26 Jewel automatic movement which is in sparklingly clean condition. The movement has been fully overhauled which involves full dismantling, ultrasonic cleaning, microscope inspection and replacement of parts as required, only with new originals, then careful reassembly and oiling ready for final testing and careful calibration. The watch is now running perfectly having been calibrated and timed at +3 seconds per day. This is superb for any watch of this age and has been confirmed on our electronic timegrapher. It is now ready for many more years of reliable service. This movement also has a 48-hour power reserve when fully wound.
The movement is all correctly signed ‘MONTRES ROLEX SA GENEVA’, ‘SWISS’, and ‘TWENTY SIX JEWELS’ with the Calibre number 1560 and the reference number 91736. These Chronometer grade movements are very strong, accurate and reliable making this watch perfectly suitable for evening wear and everyday use. This particular movement is in superb A1 condition and with regular servicing, every 3 – 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to run happily for many more years to come! We are pleased to offer a 12 month warranty on this watch movement*.
*Please note – our 12 month warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The Strap & Buckle
A new, high quality brown Alligator leather strap has been fitted along with a gold-plated Rolex buckle. However, if a different colour or style 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 and black in stock in plain padded leather, crocodile skin or lizard skin. We can also obtain most types and colours from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of 19mm straps.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, all the numbers and markings on the watch are correct, dating the watch to 1959.
A detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included in the sale, in addition to our detailed receipt and 12 months warranty*. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will also be provided at the time of sale, along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If at any time, 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 matching Rolex Oyster presentation box shown in the photographs will be included with this watch.
A rare and particularly special Oyster Perpetual from horology’s most famous name which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as be something to wear, treasure and enjoy! It will make the perfect evening wear dress watch as well as a practical, highly accurate and reliable timepiece to use on an everyday basis. Although this is one of our more expensive watches, its quality will be remembered for long after its purchase price will be forgotten.
Vintage gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual watches are highly collectable, and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong, meaning this watch will also make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though vintage Rolex prices have risen strongly in recent years, we feel high-quality fine examples such as this still remain undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage watches expands, availability will become more limited, so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher.
A word about 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 for sale at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach, inevitably, means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are a number of well-known stores in West London which are very 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 wish to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to pass on a 3% transaction saving to you. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or International Bank Wire Transfer, we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss.
We will be happy to service your watch, repair your watch or fully restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
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