Collector Condition and Rarity 1954 ‘Jumbo’ Size (36mm) Solid 18ct Gold Linen Dial Rolex Precision Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

Rolex began making larger dress watches in the very late 1930’s – the fashion for mens watches was a case size of 30 mm to 33 mm. They also made some ‘oversize’ cases which were 34 to 35 mm and extremely rarely they made jumbo size cases which were 36 mm excluding the crown. With over 1300 sales of Rolex this is only the fourth jumbo size we’ve ever had….

The solid 18ct gold case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear. The original Rolex signed ivory/cream linen (textured) dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is both understated and very much of its time. The raised gold hour batons and original gold hands provide a subtle contrast to the dial and blend perfectly with the gleaming case – please see picture 6 for the baton colours). The very high grade Rolex signed 17 jewel manual wind movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by my professional watchmaker. To complete this very special watch I have added a new, very high quality Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown ‘London’ alligator skin strap with a gold plated aftermarket Rolex buckle.

This is a simply stunning example of this iconic and extremely rare watch; a similar piece, if available, in the Burlington Arcade would be comfortably in excess of £10,000….

My asking price is below the value for a watch of this condition and rarity, particularly with the continual rise in value of vintage watches of this high quality. In view of the high grade Swiss movement, I will include a 12 month written guarantee on the movement, which is long enough for you to assess the working order

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The Case

The solid 18ct gold case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear. Very rarely this is the jumbo size case and measures 36mm across, excluding the winding crown and 43mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘D S & S’ this is an English casemaker called D Shackman who made cases for most of the major brands at this time including Rolex, Omega, Jaeger and Breitling and the case number is ‘510’. It also has the appropriate hallmarks for solid 18ct gold. The Assay office is Birmingham (Anchor) and the age letter is ‘E’ dating it to 1954.

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The Dial

The original Rolex signed ivory/cream linen (textured) dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is both understated and very much of its time. The raised gold hour batons and original gold hands provide a subtle contrast to the dial and blend perfectly with the gleaming case – please see picture 6 for the baton colours). The dial is signed ‘Rolex’, ‘Precision’ and ‘Swiss Made’.

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The Movement

The very high grade Rolex signed 17 jewel manual wind movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by my professional watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Seventeen 17 Jewels’ and the movement number is ‘59865’.

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The Strap

To complete this very special watch I have added a new, very high quality Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown ‘London’ alligator skin strap with a gold plated aftermarket Rolex buckle.

We hold a Hirsch franchise and are able to supply any strap in their range.

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The Box, Papers and Sonning Warranty

As with the majority of pre-owned watches that are 10 years or older, this particular watch does not come with its original box or paperwork. The watch is 100% genuine and rest assured we provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all the watches we sell.

Although there is no original paperwork, we do provide a written invoice and 3 page insurance valuation with the pictures of the watch and all available reference numbers. We also give a 12 month warranty on all our watches. We also stock a good selection of vintage watch boxes to help complete your purchase.

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About Sonning Vintage Watches

Sonning Vintage Watches are one of the largest prestige brand vintage watch retailers on the Internet carrying stock of around £500,000; we’ve sold over 3,000 vintage watches across the world since our formation in 2009. We’re based in Berkshire and Nottingham and spend 1- 2 days a week in London. Whilst we’re an Internet business we do ‘show’ 90% of our watches prior to sale and travel across England to meet prospective buyers.

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Why purchase a watch from SVW?

We provide a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity and provenance of all our watches and come with a full printed Receipt of Sale and Insurance Valuation. Purchasing from SVW gives you the protection and reassurance of buying from an incorporated company with outstanding customer testimonials.

We provide a high quality box and use the Royal Mail Special Delivery for the UK and DHL for overseas sales. They are insured for the full purchase value.

See what our customers say – 100% positive feedback on all our sales sites and over 40% of our customers buy again or refer us!

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Couriering and Pre-Delivery Inspection

We use the Royal Mail’s Guaranteed next day service for UK sales and DHL for all overseas shipping. All our watches are fully serviced, but prior to couriering each one will undergo a 3 day pre-delivery check to ensure the watch is in perfect condition.

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Service, Repair and Refurbishment

Our association with the best of the industry allows us to offer a limited number quality servicing and repair for most of the famous Swiss brands; such as Rolex, Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and Cartier, as well as Omega, Longines, Jaeger LeCoultre, Breitling, IWC, Breguet, and a wide range of complications.

In collaboration with our watchmaker, we offer the following services:

Watch Repairs

Watch Servicing

Watch Restoration

Case Refinishing

Case Repair and Complete Restoration

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The Conclusion

This is a rare and highly collectable vintage watch from one of horology’s most famous names and will, if history is any judge, provide an excellent financial investment as well as a possession to treasure and enjoy. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks even better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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