Rolex Precision Cal.1000 ‘Verislim’ Metropolitan 18ct 1954
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Restored, Serviced & Guaranteed
A Carefully Owned & Lightly Used Example
Rolex Precision Cal.1000 ‘Verislim’ in 18ct Gold
A Beautiful Very Lightly Used Immaculate Example
Oversize 35mm Rolex ‘Metropolitan’ Case With Milled Bezel
Ultra Rare Cal.1000, 18 Jewels, Chronometer Grade Movement
Beautifully Restored Silver-White Dial with Applied Batons & Subsidiary Seconds Dial
All in Absolutely Top Grade & Simply Stunning Freshly Restored Condition
New High-Quality Crocodile Strap with Rolex Gold Plated Buckle
Rolex Presentation Box Included, As Shown
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 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 quite masterful in courting tremendous publicity and excitement by being literally ‘on hand’ during numerous 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.
Of course, Rolex is now so ubiquitous it is almost its own kind of its currency. A Rolex is the watch you want on your wrist when you’re in a Third World country when revolution breaks out and there’s only one seat on the plane, – and there’s a guy standing there with a machine gun! You give him a Rolex and he’ll give you the seat!
The Rolex Precision was first released in the late 1940s as a gentleman’s hand-wound dress watch and remained in production as such, until the early 1970s. It was succeeded by the Rolex Cellini which remains in production to this day.
Here we have a Rolex Precision Cal.1000 ‘Verislim’ in a beautiful 18ct, 35mm ‘Metropolitan’ case with a milled bezel. This is also often known as a Thunderbird bezel. This is the ultra rare Rolex model reference 9164, with the Calibre 1000, 18 Jewel movement, which is the thinnest movement ever made by Rolex. This highly advanced movement was also used in some Rolex Chronometer watches of the period.
The watch case is just 8mm deep including the lens. This Rolex reference model 9164 was therefore known as the Rolex ‘Verislim’.
This watch has just completed a full restoration including the movement, watch case and watch dial. This involves three differing sets of skills and therefore a watchmaker has restored and serviced the watch movement, our watch case-maker has sympathetically restored the case and our dial restorer has restored the dial.
Large Rolex Precision dials with a subsidiary seconds dial at 6 o’clock are always something special and here, the dial, Metropolitan case and straight lugs lend the watch something of a Patek Phillipe Calatrava look.
The applied gilt batons and original ‘Dauphine’ hands over a silver dial with a sub-seconds dial, all elevate this watch to something quite special. Once again, pure simple style and classic timeless elegance is a perfect example of how vintage beats modern, hands down, every time!
The Rolex Coronet crowns the dial which is signed ‘Rolex’ and ‘Precision’ with ‘Swiss’ at the very bottom of the dial.
This is the original dial which has been sympathetically and beautifully restored to the highest standards by our dial restorers, who are regarded the best in the UK.
The Watch Case
The 18ct solid yellow gold case measures 35mm in diameter, excluding the Rolex crown, making this one of the rare, oversized Rolex dress watches. This is Rolex model reference 9164, known as the Rolex Verislim, as it measures only 8mm deep including the lens. The case also has the Metropolitan milled bezel which as can be seen is in wonderful condition. It carries very fine radial grooves along with larger marks at each hour, accentuating the hours around the dial. Bezels are always prone to damage and particularly those with any kind of decoration. However, the bezel here really is in excellent condition and not overly polished which is very unusual, to say the least! This, along with the clean and nicely polished case-back, indicates the watch has been well cared for and seen very little use.
The straight lugs are also notable as they are beautiful in design. They are very nicely swept back, raising the watch a little, making it sit higher on the wrist. Lastly, the beautiful case-back is also in amazing condition and just like the rest of the case, carries no scratches, dings or any other damage visible to the naked eye.
Inside the case-back is the early Rolex ‘scroll’ signature. The case also carries the reference number 9164 along with Swiss Geneva 18ct hallmarks. The model number and other case markings indicate this watch was produced circa 1954.
The watch case is very clean and ‘distinct’ indicating only light polishing. The watch shows only the very slightest signs of wear and no signs of anything other than very light, careful and limited use.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
As can be seen, the high grade Cal.1000 18 Jewel hand-wound ‘Verislim’ movement is in incredibly clean and sparkling condition. It has just completed an overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker and winds, sets and runs perfectly. These Rolex Cal.1000 movements were also used as Chronometer movements in earlier Rolex Chronometer watches. They are highly regarded for their accuracy and reliability, making this watch perfectly suitable for everyday use.
Following its service, the movement was calibrated and final tested and was found to be running arrow straight at +6 seconds per day! This is truly excellent and has been checked on our electronic watch Timegrapher. This movement also has a superb 58 hour power reserve when fully wound.
The movement is signed ‘Rolex SA’, ‘Geneva Swiss’ and ‘Eighteen Jewels’ and is marked with the Calibre number 1000, along with the reference number N652077. This particular movement is in superb condition and with regular servicing, say every 3 or 4 years, we would fully expect this watch to run quite happily and provide very faithful service for another 60+ years or so to come! We have no hesitation in offering this watch with our 12 months’ written warranty*.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the list price is paid.
The Strap and Buckle
The strap fitted is a new, high-quality dark brown Crocodile strap, with a Rolex gold plated buckle which we feel contrasts nicely with the watch. 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 of strap from our partners at ‘Watch Obsession’ within 48hrs. Please take a look at their huge range of 18mm straps if you wish, here.
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 very close to 1954.
Our detailed ‘Particulars’ document will be included in the sale, with our detailed receipt and 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”.
The watch comes complete with a Rolex presentation box, as shown.
This is a rare and first class example of a highly collectible 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 collectible 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 also be happy to Service, Repair or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions, please call our landline on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
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