Rolex Precision 9ct 1952 Oversize 36mm


100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

A Very Well Cared For & Lightly Used Example

9ct Yellow Gold Oversize 36mm Case, Excluding the Rolex Crown

Beautifully Restored Off-White Dial with Original Gilt ‘Leaf’ Hands

High Grade Cal.1210, 15 Jewel Hand-Wound Movement in Sparkling Condition

High Quality Crocodile Strap with Gold Plated Rolex Buckle

All In Absolutely Top Grade Condition From Every Aspect

Rolex Presentation Box Included, as Shown

VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*

Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery

Free UK Special Delivery

Sold 23rd March '20
VGW Reference: R885
Price £4,600 Sold


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Founded in 1905 in England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, Rolex 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, 9ct vintage Rolex Precision ‘Oversize’ gentleman’s dress watch in immaculate condition from 1952. Rolex Precisions were made in several sizes, starting at 30mm in diameter, not including the crown. The majority were 32 and 33mm with some 34mm and 35mm, but very rarely, Rolex or their UK case makers produced 36mm models such as the example we see here. These are highly sought after watches because the seemingly small difference in size is significant and adds to the ‘presence’ of the watch. The slightly off-white dial with the popular ‘3 – 6 – 9 – 12’ numerals, make this a rare and sought after watch, particularly when found in such excellent condition.

The Dial

The classic, slightly off-white dial, with the Rolex Crown at ’12’, is one of our favourite dials, with raised gilt ‘arrowhead’ hour indices. The dial is complemented with the original and beautifully restored, gilt ‘Leaf’ hands and blued steel centre seconds hand. The symmetry and simplicity of the clean white dial is an exercise in pure 1950s elegance. It is signed with the perennial Rolex ‘Coronet’ with ‘ROLEX’ at 12 o’clock and ‘PRECISION’ below at 6 o’clock.

This is the original dial which has been sympathetically restored to the very highest standards by our dial restorers, who are considered to be the very best in the UK.

The Movement

The original, high-grade Rolex Calibre 1210, 15 Jewels Precision movement is in sparkling condition and working absolutely perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker.

This involves completely dismantling the watch movement to each of its component parts, cleaning and close examination under high magnification, then replacement where necessary, with only original Rolex parts, before reassembly and oiling with the correct Rolex specified watch movement oils. Finally, very fine adjustment to achieve the highest level of accuracy possible. After final calibration, this watch is now running arrow straight at + 4 seconds per day, which is outstanding for any watch of this age. This is no exaggeration as this has been confirmed by our electronic Timegrapher. The movement also has a 48 hour power reserve.

The watch is now ready for many more decades of faithful, reliable service and is perfectly suited for everyday use. The movement carries a 12 month warranty*

The movement is all correctly signed as expected: ‘ ROLEX’, ‘SWISS MADE’, and ‘15 RUBIS’ with the Calibre number 1210 and the reference number 01402.

*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.

The Case

The solid 9ct yellow gold case measures 36mm in diameter, not including the button crown. This is therefore, an exceptionally large sized Rolex Precision which is referred to as ‘Oversize’. The case was made for Rolex by Dennison which was one of Rolex’ two UK case-makers. Inside the case-back, the markings are all correct and as expected. It is signed Dennison & Son ‘made in England for Rolex’ along with A.L.D. and the Rolex model reference number 13874, in addition to a further reference number 421280. The case-back also carries Birmingham 9ct hallmarks which date this watch to 1952. The case, case-back and bezel are all in superb condition with no marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. The watch case has been exceptionally well cared for and so the case has simply required a clean and gentle polish to bring it back to its current ‘like new’ condition.

Please note – our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Strap and Buckle

A new good quality Crocodile strap has been fitted, along with matching 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 straps 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 Hirsch range of 18mm straps if you wish here.

Box and Papers

Although there are no original papers with this watch, the numbers and markings on the movement, case and case-back are all correct, dating this watch to 1952. A detailed written description and receipt, with a 12 month warranty* and separate insurance valuation (for the replacement value in the event of loss) will be provided at the time of sale. We will also provide a Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee Certificate which states: If this watch proves to be anything less than totally authentic, or not as described, we will offer you a full refund, at any time.

The matching presentation box shown in the photographs is included in the sale.

In Conclusion

A first class example of a highly collectable and highly practical vintage watch from horology’s most famous name, which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to use, wear, treasure and enjoy! It will make an excellent evening wear dress watch as well as a practical highly accurate and reliable timepiece to use on an everyday basis.

Vintage gold Rolex Precision watches are highly collected and the rarity of this watch means the value will always remain strong. This watch will make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece and even though vintage Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we feel 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 these 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 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 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 welcome part exchanges and if you have a watch or small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.

We will be happy to Service, Repair or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.