Stunning 1940’s Oversize (35mm) Steel & Rose Gold 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’s to 33 mm. They also made some ‘oversize’ cases which were 34 to 35 mm and these have become amongst the most desireable Rolex from this period.

The solid steel and rose gold (engine turned bezel) oversize case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear – the Rolex crown is clearly visible on the outside caseback. The original Rolex signed ivory/cream dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is very much of its time. The painted rose gold Arabic hour numbers with painted rose gold ‘dot’ hour batons in between along with the replacement rose gold hands provide the softest contrast to the dial and are perfectly framed by the rose gold engine turned bezel (please see picture 5 for the true colours of the dial). 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, high quality Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown crocodile skin strap with a gold plated aftermarket Rolex buckle.

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 steel and rose gold (engine turned bezel) oversize case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear – the Rolex crown is clearly visible on the outside caseback. The case measures 35 mm across, excluding the rose gold winding crown and 42 mm long including the lugs. The inside case carries the Rolex crown and is signed ‘Rolex Geneve Suisse’, ‘Acier Inoxyable (metal Rolex used) and the case reference is ‘4517’.

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The Dial

The original Rolex signed ivory/cream dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is very much of its time. The painted rose gold Arabic hour numbers with painted rose gold ‘dot’ hour batons in between along with the replacement rose gold hands provide the softest contrast to the dial and are perfectly framed by the rose gold engine turned bezel (please see picture 5 for the true colours of the dial). 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 ‘Rolex Precision’, ’17 Rubis’, ‘Swiss Made’ and ‘Patented Superbalance’.

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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 aftermarket Rolex buckle. We hold the Hirsch franchise so can supply any material and colour 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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