Exceptional 1957 Solid 18ct Rose Gold ‘Jumbo’ Size Rolex Precision Chronometer 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’s to 33 mm’s. They also made some ‘oversize’ cases which were 34 to 35 mm’s and extremely rarely they made jumbo size cases which were 36/37 mm’s excluding the crown. With over 1300 sales of Rolex this is only the fourth jumbo size we’ve ever had….

The solid 18ct rose gold case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear – the serial number is clearly visible on the beautifully rounded caseback. The original Rolex signed very slightly off-white dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is both understated and very much of its time. The painted black Arabic numbers with alternating painted rose gold ‘spot’ hour batons along with the slim rose gold hands (blued steel second hand) are perfectly framed by the solid 18ct rose gold ‘Thunderbird’ bezel. The super high grade Rolex signed ‘chronometer’ standard 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, high quality Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown crocodile skin strap with a gold plated (yellow) Hirsch 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 three 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 rose gold case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear – the serial number is clearly visible on the beautifully rounded caseback – the serial number is 295415 dating it to 1957. The jumbo case measures 37 mm’s across, excluding the original rose gold ‘thimble’ crown. The inside case is signed ‘Rolex SA 31 Victories’, ‘Haute Precision Geneve Suisse’ and the case number is ‘1359’. It also has the appropriate hallmarks for solid 18ct gold.

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The Dial

The original Rolex signed very slightly off-white dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is both understated and very much of its time. The painted black Arabic numbers with alternating painted rose gold ‘spot’ hour batons along with the slim rose gold hands (blued steel second hand) are perfectly framed by the solid 18ct rose gold ‘Thunderbird’ bezel. The dial is signed ‘Rolex’, ‘Chronometer’ and ‘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 my 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’, ‘Swiss Made’ and ’18 Rubis’. The movement number is ‘17330’.

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The Strap

To complete this very special watch I have added a new, high quality Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown crocodile skin strap with a gold plated (yellow) Hirsch buckle.

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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. Please ring me if you have any questions: Chris 07917 100927

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