Rolex Precision ‘Date’ 9ct Roulette 1962
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Carefully Owned & Lightly Used Example
Roulette Date Dial: Alternating Red & Black Date Numerals
Larger Size 34mm Diameter Case, Excluding the Crown
Heavy 9ct Solid Yellow Gold, Shackman ‘Made for Rolex’ Case
Very High Grade Cal.1215, 17 Jewels, Hand-Wound Movement
Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Freshly Restored Condition
New High-Quality Crocodile Strap with Rolex Gold Plated Buckle
Original Vintage Rolex Presentation Box Included, As Shown
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty Included*
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
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Founded in 1905 in England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, the company became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving to its new Geneva headquarters in 1919. The evolution and early success of the wristwatch can be largely attributed to a number of Rolex’ 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.
During the 1930s and ’40s, Rolex also became masterful in courting tremendous publicity and excitement through literally being ‘on hand’ during numerous historical record-breaking events. These were, for example, swimming the English Channel (1927), breaking the world automobile speed record (300mph, 1935), breaking the sound barrier (1947) and climbing Everest for the first time in 1953. No matter how well orchestrated these events came to be, we have to admire Rolex for becoming masters of self-promotion and capitalising on every opportunity with simultaneous worldwide marketing campaigns.
Here is a rare, beautifully restored, 9ct vintage Rolex Precision gentleman’s dress watch, with date function, in immaculate condition from 1962. Rolex Precisions were seldom produced with a date function and even fewer were produced, as here, with the date number alternating between red and black as each day passes. This is referred to as a ‘roulette’ date wheel and is highly sought after by collectors. This, along with a substantial high quality DS&S ‘Shackman’ case makes this watch an outstanding piece, set apart from the usual Rolex Precision range.
A classic Rolex 1960s ivory cream dial, crowned by a larger than normal Rolex Coronet at ’12’, with elongated ‘arrowhead’ hour indices, matched by the original restored ‘Lance’ hands.
As mentioned above, this watch carries a date function which is rare to find on a Rolex Precision. However, this example carries a roulette date wheel, which alternates red and black, each time the date is changed. This is very rare and only the second we’ve seen in over 10 years of selling Rolex Precisions, which is our best selling watch.
The dial is signed ‘Rolex’ and ‘Precision’ with ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom of the dial below the ‘6’.
A new correct original replacement lens has been fitted as part of the restoration.
This is the original dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by our dial restorers who are considered to be the best in the UK.
This is the original, high-grade Rolex Calibre 1215, 17 Jewels movement, which as can be seen in the photographs, is in sparkling condition. The movement has been fully overhauled and serviced which means it has been completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and rebuilt using original Rolex parts where required, by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. When tested and calibrated, this watch was running to within +1 second per day, which is outstanding for any vintage watch of this age. This is also among four or five of the most accurate watches we have tested this year. When fully wound, this movement has a 58-hour power reserve. The movement is all correctly signed ‘MONTRES ROLEX SA’, ‘GENEVA SWISS’, and ‘17 Jewels’, with the Calibre number 1215 and the reference number N88135.
These movements are strong, accurate and very reliable, making the watch perfectly appropriate for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in top condition and with regular servicing every 3 years, we would fully expect this watch to run very happily for many more decades to come. We are therefore more than pleased to offer a 12 month warranty on this watch movement* and regular servicing in the future.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The Watch Case
The heavy, substantial three-piece ribbed watch case is of very high quality and has very attractive sculpted lugs which curl with a slight flare.
The 9ct yellow gold watch case measures 34mm in diameter, excluding the crown, making this a large sized watch for the period. It is of particularly high quality, having been made for Rolex by Shackman & Sons of London. Shackman & Sons were one of three English case-makers used by Rolex, the others being Dennison & Sons of Birmingham and Britton & Sons of Birmingham UK. The case is of a very high quality construction with a press fit case-back which fits and clicks back with a reassuring click.
The case, the case-back and bezel are all in superb condition with no marks or scratches visible to the naked eye. 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-back is of full thickness and importantly, has never been engraved. Inside the case-back, the markings are all correct for a Rolex watch case made by one of its three U.K case-makers and signed D&S (David Shackman & Sons Ltd) along with the reference number 19529. The case-back also carries London UK 9ct hallmarks which date this watch to 1962.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The Strap & Buckle
A new high-quality black crocodile strap has been fitted, along with a gold plated Rolex buckle. We feel the strap matches the watch nicely, 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, however, we can also obtain most types and colours at short notice.
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 1962.
A detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included in the sale, along with 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 Rolex presentation box shown in the photographs will be included with this watch.
This is a rare and 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.
If you have any questions please call us on 0207 727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
We await your call and we will be happy to answer any questions and offer advice about this or any of our watches listed for sale. If you would like some general advice regarding any aspect of vintage watches, including buying, selling, or collecting, we will also be very happy to hear from you.
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