Exceptional 1947 Jumbo Size Solid 18ct Rose Gold Rolex Precision ‘Chronometer’ Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a simply beautiful example of one of the rarest Precisions Rolex made. This jumbo size solid 18ct solid rose gold Rolex precision from 1947 (the serial number is 603963 dating it to 1947) is simply magnificent. The jumbo size case is in virtually flawless condition – it even has the period ‘Thimble’ crown and very rarely the Rolex crown and serial number are visible on the outside caseback (there are nearly always worn off with wear and polishing). The original steel coloured dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is classically late art-deco. The alternating raised rose gilt hour batons and Arabic numbers along with the original slim rose gold hands (blued steel second hand) provide the softest contrast to the dial and are perfectly framed by the beautiful solid rose gold case – please see picture 6 for the dial and baton/hand colour. The super high grade Rolex signed ‘chronometer’ standard manual wind movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker – this is the highest grade of manual wind movement Rolex made at this time. To complete this beautiful piece we’ve added a new, high quality, dark brown Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown crocodile skin strap with aftermarket yellow gold Rolex buckle – we hold the Hirsch franchise and can supply any strap in their range.

To summarise, this is the largest case size Rolex Precision made (36 mm across excluding the crown (there was a 37 mm made by Dennison)) during this time with the highest grade of manual wind movement made at this time, is solid 18ct rose gold and has the ‘Thimble’ winding crown and serial number… This is one of the most complete watches we’ve had in our collection.

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The Case

The solid 18ct rose gold jumbo size case is in virtually flawless condition – it even has the period ‘Thimble’ crown and very rarely the Rolex crown and serial number are visible on the outside caseback (there are nearly always worn off with wear and polishing). The case measures 36 mm across, excluding the period ‘thimble’ winding crown and just over 43 mm including the lugs. The outside caseback has the Rolex crown and serial number and the inside is signed ‘Rolex Geneve Suisse’ and the case and model numbers are ‘4889 & 956’. It also has the appropriate hallmarks for solid 18ct gold.

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The Dial

The original steel coloured dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is classically late art-deco. The alternating raised rose gilt hour batons and Arabic numbers along with the original slim rose gold hands (blued steel second hand) provide the softest contrast to the dial and are perfectly framed by the beautiful solid rose gold case – please see picture 6 for the dial and baton/hand colour. The dial is signed ‘Rolex’, ‘Officially Certified Chronometer’ & ‘Swiss Made’.

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The Movement

The super high grade Rolex signed ‘chronometer’ standard manual wind movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker – this is the highest grade of manual wind movement Rolex made at this time. The movement is signed ‘Rolex Chronometer’, ‘Timed 6 Positions’, ’18 Rubies’, ‘Swiss Made’ and ‘Patented Superbalance’. The movement number is ‘E65790’.

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The Strap

To complete this beautiful piece we’ve added a new, high quality, dark brown Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown crocodile skin strap with aftermarket yellow gold Rolex buckle – we hold the Hirsch franchise and can 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.

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