Exceptional 1954 Oversize Solid 9ct Gold Rolex Super (automatic) Precision Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a beautiful example of one of the rarest post war Rolex watches dating from 1954. In the 1940’s and 1960’s Rolex began making gold dress watches and they were branded as the ‘Precision’ range. These are highly sought after and the majority of the 50’s & 60’s models were mid size (30mm across the dial) with a few large version (33mm) and even less oversize versions (34-35mm). They had high grade manual wind movements aside from a very limited number with automatic movements (same automatic movement as the Rolex Oyster)… These became known as Super Precisions.

The heavy Calatrava style solid 9ct gold is virtually faultless with only the smallest signs of wear and measures just under 34mm across excluding the winding crown. The original Rolex signed ivory/cream dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is just beautiful. The applied gilt (yellow gold) hour batons and original gilt dauphine hands provide the softest contrast to the ivory/cream dial and blend perfectly with the gleaming case. The very high grade automatic movement is again in extremely clean condition and has just been serviced by my watchmaker. To complete this watch I’ve added a high quality Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown crocodile skin strap with gold plated buckle. This is a simply stunning example of an incredibly beautiful and extremely rare wrist watch from one of horology’s most famous names.

The light conditions are poor and picture 6 gives a the correct dial and baton colour.

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.


The Case

The provenance polished solid 9ct gold oversize case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear. The case measures just under 34mm wide, excluding the winding crown and 43mm, including the lugs. The inside caseback is signed ‘DS & S’ – The case was made by Shackleton who were an English case maker who made cases for most of the major brands in the 50’s and 60’s including Omega, Breitling and Jaeger – and the case number is ’649′. The hallmark for solid 9ct gold is from the Birmingham assay office and carries the letter ‘e’ for 1954.


The Dial

The original Rolex signed ivory/cream dial is both striking and breathtakingly elegant. The raised gilt hour batons along with the gilt Dauphine hands provide the softest contrast to the dial and blend perfectly with the gleaming gold case. It is signed ‘Rolex’, ‘Perpetual’, ‘Precision’ and ‘Swiss’. The lens shows no signs of wear or scratching.


The Movement

The Rolex signed automatic movement is in very good condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Rolex Perpetual Swiss Made Patented’, ‘2 Ruby Jewels’, ‘Vis Tirette Trigger Screw Patented Self Winder’, ‘Swiss’ and the movement number is ‘65306’.


The Strap

To complete this watch I’ve added a high quality Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches dark brown crocodile skin strap with gold plated buckle.

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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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


The Conclusion

This is an extremely desirable 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. As every year goes by there are less and less of these iconic watches and the value just keeps increasing. I will provide an insurance valuation in excess of my asking price. Please appreciate the difficulty of photographing this piece, it looks far better in real life. Subject to your location I’ll happily show the watch.

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