Rolex Precision Cal.1200 18ct c1955
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Carefully Owned & Completely Original Example
All In Absolutely Stunning Condition From Every Aspect
Rare Larger Sized Rolex Precision with a Subsidiary Seconds Dial
High Grade Calibre 1200, 17 Jewel Hand-Wound Rolex Movement
18ct Swiss Made Case, 35.5mm, Excluding the Correct Unsigned Crown
Original, Unrestored and Untouched Off-White Dial with Mixed Hour Indices
Beautiful Freckle Effect Dial, Showing Wonderful Signs of Ageing
High Quality Black Leather Strap & Rolex Gold-Plated Buckle
High Quality Rolex Precision Presentation Box Included
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
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 simply wonderful Rolex Precision gentleman’s dress watch. A stunning watch in every regard with a beautiful original, unrestored and untouched dial, wonderful movement and an exceptional 18ct yellow gold case. The dial is particularly unusual and attractive, characterised by mixed ‘spearhead’ and standard Arabic hour indices on a fully original off-white dial which has a beautiful and unique freckle effect.
This is a very clean and well cared for example which has undergone some very light and gentle polishing to bring it back to the almost new condition you see here. The watch also carries the high grade Cal.1200 hand-wound movement, which is in spectacular condition.
Classic Rolex simplicity and typical of the 1950s. An original, unrestored and untouched beautifully balanced and symmetrical dial, complemented with a subsidiary seconds dial at ‘6’. The original unrestored ‘leaf’ hands are in remarkable condition and are paired with ‘spearhead’ hour indices and standard Arabic numerals at ‘2 – 4 – 6 – 8 – 10 – 12’. This dial is simply beautiful with the unique even freckle effect across the dial.
The dial is correctly signed and branded just below 12, with the Rolex coronet and ‘Rolex’ along with ‘shock-resisting’ just above the subsidiary seconds dial at 6, with ‘Swiss MAde’ at the very bottom of the dial below 6.
The dial has a great deal of appeal due to its classic signs of ageing and very even patina. Due to its unique condition and for reasons of retaining the character and the originality of the watch, we have left it completely alone. If however, you would prefer the dial sympathetically restoring, we will be happy to arrange this for you without any extra charge.
Please note, studio lights, professional-grade digital cameras, and macro lenses can be very unkind to an unrestored vintage watch dial. Also the dial here measures less than 1.25 inches across, so the image you’re seeing may be between 5 – 25 times larger than the watch itself. Therefore please keep in mind you are seeing many tiny flaws which cannot be seen, or will be very hard to see with the naked eye, even under close examination. Suffice to say, on the wrist, in natural light, this dial looks much better and carries a great deal more charm than the photographs portray.
The high grade Cal.1200 manual wind movement is incredibly clean and also in incredibly good condition. It has just been overhauled and serviced by our expert watchmaker and is running perfectly. These movements are very highly regarded for their accuracy and reliability and this movement has been calibrated to run arrow straight within +8 seconds per day! This is no exaggeration – we have checked the test results on our electronic watch timer. This movement also has a really excellent 58-hour power reserve when fully wound.
The movement is signed ‘Rolex’, ‘Swiss Made’ and ’15 Rubies’ along with the calibre number 1200.
This particular movement is in superb condition and with regular servicing, we would fully expect this watch to run quite happily for many more decades to come. We are therefore very confident in offering this watch with a 12-month written warranty*.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only included if the list price is paid.
The original solid 18ct yellow gold Swiss made case is in superb condition with no marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. This watch has been lovingly cared for and so the case has simply required careful inspection and cleaning by our vintage watch Case-Maker, along with a gentle polish to bring it back to its current as new condition. The outside of the case-back is high polished and has never been engraved.
The case measures 35.5mm in diameter, excluding the correct unsigned crown, and so this was classed as a large sized Rolex Precision when new.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
A high quality black leather skin strap has been fitted, along with a 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 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 17mm straps if you wish here.
The Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with the watch, the numbers and markings are all correct, dating this watch to c1955.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.
The watch comes complete with a Rolex presentation box, as shown in the photographs.
Payment and Delivery
If you would like to pay by 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.
Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and, unfortunately, out of our control.
We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges; however, attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.
For those who happen to visit London on occasion, we are, of course, more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and hand your watch directly to you there.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no-quibble sale or return policy.
This is a truly first class example of a vintage Rolex Precision which is ready to wear and completely practical for everyday use. If treated with care, it will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece. Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we still feel good examples such as this are still undervalued and as each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches continues to expand, prices will continue to climb ever higher.
A word on 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 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.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
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