Rolex Precision Chronometer 18K Pink Gold 1943 – Sorry Now Sold 15th Dec ’16

£5,450

100% Genuine & All Original

Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed

Rolex Precision Chronometer 18ct Pink Gold

Beautifully Restored White Art Deco Style Dial

Immaculate Rolex Swiss Made 33mm Case, not including the Crown

Very High Grade 18 Jewels, Chronometer, Super Balance Movement

All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Freshly Restored Condition

New Burgundy Lizard  Skin Strap with Rolex Gold Plated Buckle

Vintage Gold Watches Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee

Original Rolex Chronometer Inner and Outer Box

12 Month Warranty Included*

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Rolex Precision Chronometers are very special watches as they have very high grade movements designed to meet or exceed the highest standards of accuracy and reliability for their day. This was determined by entering watches into gruelling annual competitions conducted at an Observatory, usually Swiss or British. These Observatories tested accuracy and reliability of individual watches over numerous weeks and at varying positions and ambient temperatures. Only indivdual watches which passed the strictest standards, qualified and were granted permission to be classified as “Chronometer” watches. Furthermore, special Prizes were awarded to the manufacturer which submitted the most accurate wristwatches and the manufacturer which submitted the highest number of watches to qualify as Chronometers. Manufacturers competed fiercely against each other to win these prizes, which were highly coveted and highly publicised. This was a little like motor racing Grand Prix winners of today and yesteryear. Rolex, Omega, Longines and Zenith were the strongest competetors and most successful at both passing these tests to qualify as Chronometers and at winning prizes as outright winners.

During the 1930s and ’40s, Rolex were also the most successful watch manufacturer at courting publicity through literally being ‘on hand’ during many record breaking events. These were for example, swimming the English Channel (1927), world automobile speed record (300mph, 1935) and breaking the sound barrier in 1947.  No matter how well orchestrated these events came to be, we cannot blame Rolex for singing their own praises and capitalising on this at every opportunity. An example can be seen here on the inside of the case-back which reads (winner of) “31 VICTOIRES”.  Also, the very rare original matching box proclaims ‘600,000 Chronometers’ denoting the total number produced, which was also in itself, probably, a record at the time. Fascinating books have been written about these times and events which must have seemed like much of the modern advances in technology today. A brief section of paragraphs covers some of these events and some history of Rolex in our FAQs section found via the link at the bottom left of this page.

Needless to say these watches are still as highly prized today by collectors as they were at the time they were made.

To be called a Chronometer today, watches are required to be submitted to an independent Swiss body called the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute for testing over 15 days at a range of temperatures.

Here we have a beautiful and amazingly well cared for example in super rare 18ct Pink Gold with a highly unusual Roman Numeral dial.

This watch has just completed a full restoration by ourselves including movement, watch dial and watch-case. It now looks so good it could, with the classic Roman dial, easily  pass for a new watch.

The Movement

As referred to above, this is a Rolex Precision Chronometer movement, which makes it one of the best of its day and highly accurate and reliable. As with all our watches, this is the original movement for this watch which has been completely overhauled and undergone close examination and servicing, test and calibration by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. The movement is in superb condition having had the benefit of proper care and maintenance and only light use throughout its life. It is signed: Timed in 6 Positions, Rolex Chronometer, 18 Rubies, Patented Super Balance, Swiss Made.

The Case

Pink gold vintage Rolex watches are very rare and always very sought after. Always 18ct, pink gold varies from time to time and watch to watch, from a very subtle pink to the much darker pink or red/rose gold we see on modern watches today. Here it is mid-range and slightly pinker than another pink gold Rolex Precision (Oversize) we currently hold in stock from 1955. The case here is in close to perfect condition and even under high magnification, as can be seen in these photographs it is hard to find fault. This watch has seen very little use and has led a charmed life! The case carries the external case ref. 53574 and the Rolex model number 3667. Inside it is signed Rolex S.A. 31 Victoires, Haute Precision, Geneve Suisse with Geneva Swiss 18ct Hallmarks.

The Dial

The silver white dial uses bold black Roman numerals alternating with very subtle pink gold dots in the classic art-deco style. Thin blued steel hands transcribe a beautifully balanced dial complete with a small subsidiary seconds dial at six. It is highly unusual for Rolex to use Roman numerals, although we have seen it before on Chronometer watches from this period. The very thin bezel, dial and lens, appear quite flat on the wrist which is exemplified by the shallow case and the thin movement.

The Strap and Buckle

The strap fitted is a new well matched very high quality burgundy lizard skin strap with a Rolex gold plated buckle. Please note 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 burgundy and black in stock, in plain padded leather, alligator, crocodile skin or lizard skin.

The Box and Papers

Although there is no original paperwork with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks all correct and date the watch to 1943.

This watch also comes complete with its original and very rare Rolex Chronometer inner and outer Box. These boxes in themselves are highly valuable and therefore if not required a significant price reduction can be achieved on this watch.

Detailed particulars are included with the receipt, along with our 12 months Warranty*.  A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value will be provided at the time of sale. This will also include 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.

In Conclusion

A highly collectible vintage gold watch from horology’s most famous name which will provide an excellent financial investment as well as something to treasure and enjoy!

This is a truly first class example of a c1945 vintage Rolex Precision Chronometer in 18ct Pink Gold and in amazing 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.

Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have risen markedly in the past 2-3 years, we still feel great 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 are destined to climb ever higher.

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. Similarly if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.

*Note – 12 Month warranty only included if the list price is paid.

If you have any questions please call on Landline 0207 727 7095 or Mobile 07515 949250

Or if calling from overseas on Landline +44 207 727 7095 or Mobile +44 7515 949250

Please note we welcome part exchanges.

Please take a look at our other fine vintage gold watches.