This is a simply beautiful example of the incredibly rare Bombay or Bombe lug Rolex Super Oyster Perpetual from the 1950’s. Rolex introduced this model in the 1940’s and it’s one of the rarest Oysters in their range. The gold models are extremely rare but the steel ones are even more difficult to find… It was named after the shape of a French bomb from the 1800’s and has latterly been known as a Bombay. After over 2,000 Oysters this is only the 4th we’ve found in steel.
The solid steel case is in very good condition but does have some minor pitting at the bottom of the case sides. I’ve tried to capture this on the photographs and would be happy to send the originals and/or ‘show’ the watch subject to your location. The original Rolex signed dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standard and is just breathtaking. Finished in very slightly off-white, the applied steel spearhead hour batons and original steel dauphine hands provide the softest contrast to the dial and blend perfectly with the gleaming provenance polished case. This watch is fitted with the original high grade, Rolex signed, chronometer status movement which again is in excellent condition. My professional watchmaker has also fully serviced the watch. To complete this watch I’ve added a new, high quality, dark brown crocodile skin strap and an aftermarket steel Rolex buckle. I have just ordered a black and dark brown Hirsch ‘London’ alligator strap and will be fitting it to the watch later this week (the colour will be determined on the buyers preference).
I have only found 4 of these steel Bombay lug Oysters and they are one of the most desirable watches Rolex made. A similar watch in the Burlington Arcade would be priced at over £8,000. Watches of this rarity, quality and condition are highly sought after and if history is any judge will only increase in value.
As mentioned, it has just been serviced by my watchmaker and, in view of the high-grade Swiss movement, I will include a 12 month guarantee on the movement which is long enough for you to assess the working order.