Just Beautiful 1987/89 (R Serial) Steel and White Gold Rolex Oyster Datejust Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

We are working with a UK based collector who has asked us to market a selection of his watches. As part of the offer each watch has had a full service and refurbishment by the UK’s leading watchmaker, Steven Hale Watch Restoration. Each watch will come with a 2 year guarantee from Steve Hale and a lifetime guarantee on the authenticity by Sonning Vintage Watches.

This is a stunning example of the Rolex Oyster Datejust from 1987/89 (it’s an ‘R’ serial which covers these years)  – it’s also the quick-set model allowing the date to be changed without moving the hands around dial. The solid steel and white gold (fluted bezel) case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear. The original Rolex signed champagne/steel dial is untouched and in excellent condition. The applied steel hour batons and steel hands provide the softest contrast to the dial and are perfectly framed by the gleaming solid white gold fluted bezel. The very high grade Rolex signed automatic movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by SHWR. The watch sits on a genuine Rolex Jubilee bracelet from 1997 (Z clasp code) which is very good condition but does have some of the expected sag you’d expect from a bracelet of this age – it is safe and after a soft polish looks beautiful.

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.

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The Case

The solid steel and white gold (fluted bezel) case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear. The case measures 36mm across, excluding the Rolex signed crown and 43mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Switzerland’, ‘Patented Stainless Steel and the reference of ‘16000’.

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The Movement

The very high grade Rolex signed automatic movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by SHWR. The movement is signed ‘Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, ‘Twenty Seven 27 Jewels’ and the calibre is ‘3035’.

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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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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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