Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex in 1905 at the age of 24, along with Alfred Davis in London. In 1919 they moved their operation to Geneva, Switzerland. This move was brought about by high wartime taxes on Gold and Silver in the UK after the Great war 1914-1918. They were now closer to their suppliers in Bienne. The Rolex Oyster case was released in 1926. Marketed as the world's first “waterproof” watch. The notches on the bezel and case back meant they could be screwed down to the middle case with a special tool invented and manufactured by Rolex to hermetically seal the case. In 1927 a young swimmer Miss Mercedes Gleitz swam the English channel wearing the “Oyster”. Later in 1933 the team of the first expedition to fly over Everest wore them. It was also famously worn by Sir Malcolm Campbell, “King Of Speed”, on the 4th September 1935. An advert of the time made a big splash with him saying “The Rolex watch is still keeping perfect time- I was wearing it yesterday when Bluebird exceeded 300 mph.” He broke the world land speed record 9 times between 1924 and 1936. 1931 saw the debut of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, their first self-winding watch that was also water-resistant and dustproof.
This watch has been fully serviced with our on-site workshop and comes with a 12 month, non-waterproof service cover.
What we think
We love this watch and are proud to have such a stunning piece of design in stock, making it available for the next generations to come! The years give each vintage watch character and individuality, and the watch develops differently depending on its environment and surroundings making almost every vintage watch unique.
This solid gold Precision we class as a dress watch. While this watch is slightly smaller at 32mm, it is the perfect size for a more petite frame, a lady or a young adult. We've tried it on both men and women and neither gender wanted to take it off! A must have for any collection and real vintage feel to a watch that looks its age but has such a timeless elegance that makes it popular today.
Age : 1951/1960
Specific Age : 1959
Case Size : 32mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 40mm
Lugs : 16mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : No
Case Material : Solid 9ct Gold
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty