Rolex Precision Cal.710 18ct Pink Gold 1948 34mm
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Beautiful and Very Lightly Used, Immaculate Example
Beautifully Restored Gold Dial, Gilt Indices & ‘Dauphine’ Hands
Beautiful 18ct Pink Gold Case, 34mm Diameter, Excluding the Correct Crown
High Grade Cal.710, 17 Jewels Hand-Wound Rolex Superbalance Movement
Rolex Swiss Made, 18ct Geneva Hallmarked, Solid Pink Gold Case
High Quality Brown Lizard Strap & Rolex Pink Gold-Plated Buckle
All In Absolutely Stunning Condition From Every Aspect
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
Rolex Presentation Box 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.
Here we have a simply stunning early example of a pink gold Rolex Precision gentleman’s dress watch from 1948. A beautiful watch in every respect with a lovely yellow gold brushed dial, a superb movement and an exceptional Rolex Swiss made 18ct pink gold oversize watch case. The dial is particularly attractive, simple and elegant.
This is a very clean and well cared for example which has undergone some very light and sympathetic restoration to bring it back to the almost new condition you see here. The case is large by the standards of the period. Rolex dress watches were produced in several sizes in the 1940s, starting at 30mm in diameter, excluding the crown. The majority were size 32 and 33mm, but Rolex and its case-makers produced some models of 34mm and above, such as this example here. These are considered oversize watches by the standards of the day and are highly sought after. This is not only because they are rare, but the seemingly small difference in diameter adds significantly to the ‘presence’ and value of the watch. The watch also carries a high-grade Rolex Cal.710 Superbalance hand-wound movement, which is in spectacular condition.
A rare and amazing dial in brushed yellow gold. ‘Arrowhead’ and ‘baton’ gilt hour indices are matched with the original ‘Dauphine’ hands over a brushed gold dial. The overall impression against the pink gold case is one of classic clean and simple elegance.
The dial is correctly signed and branded with the early Rolex Coronet, along with ‘Rolex’ and ‘Precision’. The lens has been replaced by a new, correct, original Rolex part.
This is the original dial, beautifully restored to the highest standards, by our dial restorers who are considered to be the best in the UK.
The watch carries its original high-grade Rolex calibre 710 Superbalance Precision movement, which as can be seen, is in immaculate condition. The movement has been completely disassembled by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. Then cleaned, inspected under high magnification and rebuilt using only original Rolex replacement parts where required. His work is amazing and following careful calibration and testing, this watch is now running within +9 seconds per day. This really is excellent for any vintage watch of this age. The movement is signed ‘Rolex Precision’, ‘Swiss Made’, ’17 Rubis’ and ‘Patented Superbalance’ with the Calibre number 710. These movements are strong, accurate and very reliable making this watch perfectly suited for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in A1 condition and with regular servicing, say every 3 – 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to run happily for many more decades to come! We are therefore pleased to offer a 12-month warranty on this watch movement*.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The 18ct pink gold Swiss made case is in superb condition with no marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. It measures 34mm in diameter, excluding the original Rolex 1940s nipple type crown. This makes this makes this an exceptionally large or ‘Oversize’ watch for the 1940s.
Pink gold Rolex watches of this period are particularly rare as very few were made. We would estimate that fewer than one in 20 of the Rolex Precisions we see from this period were made in pink gold, making these rare and highly sought after by collectors.
The watch has been beautifully well cared for and so after a close inspection has simply required a careful clean and a gentle polish to bring it back to its current, almost as new condition. The case, the case-back and bezel are all in superb condition with no marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. Even under high magnification, it is very hard to find any signs of wear, indicating this watch has seen very little use and has had a charmed life.
The case is of full-thickness and has never been inscribed. Inside the case-back, all the markings are correct for a Rolex Swiss made case of this period. The case back carries the earlier and beautifully ornate Rolex Coronet Scroll signature and the Rolex reference 4411 with the Rolex model reference number 132. The case also carries Swiss Geneva 18ct hallmarks. The case signature and model reference leads us to believe this watch was manufactured circa 1948.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap and Buckle
A new brown lizard strap has been fitted, along with a matching pink 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, but 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.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct and indicate the date of manufacture as circa 1948.
A detailed Particulars document will be included with the receipt, along with our 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 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”.
A Rolex presentation box will be included in the sale.
This is a top-class example of an early vintage 18ct pink gold 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 and even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we still feel good examples such as this are still undervalued. 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.
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