The stainless steel, screw-back case is complemented by a polished bezel, drawing your eye to that gorgeous satin silver original dial! Inside is the manual wind, Rolex caliber 1210, fully serviced by us and running strongly. We've kept this watch on its original riveted Oyster bracelet to keep it in the sporty category, but it looks great dressed up on leather too! The watch also comes with its original box - something that is quite rare for a watch of this age!
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
This Rolex 6694 is pushed into the sporty category with its bracelet, but it looks equally good on leather and can definitely be worn as a dress watch! We've tried it on both men and women and neither gender wanted to take it off! Rolex no longer produces a manually wound Oyster, which makes this watch even more special. This example is in superfine, original condition and a great addition to a collection or for the vintage Rolex newbie. A perfect birth year watch.
Age : 1961/1970
Specific Age : 1963
Case Size : 35mm
Case Thickness : 12mm
Lug to Lug : 40mm
Lugs : 19mm
Condition : Pre-Owned
Box & Papers : Box
Case Material : Stainless Steel
Service History : 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty