Remarkable 1947 Large Size Rolex Precision Tear Drop Case 4560 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.

Rolex made some of the most beautiful dress watches in the world during the 1940’s and 1950’s. They have become some of the most collectable and sought after watches in our range. Many were 30mm across the case, known as mid-size, and 33mm known as full size. Just a few are known as oversize which is 34 or 35mm across the case excluding the winding crown. Even fewer were made in steel and this case style, the teardrop lug, is just about the most desirable of them all.

This example was sold in 1947 and is an amazing looking watch. The solid steel case is in excellent condition – please note the Rolex crown and serial number on the caseback. This is extremely rare as they’re usually polished off over the years. Please also note a genuine ‘Thimble’ winding crown; in those days Rolex didn’t sign their crowns but used the thimble style, super rare. The original slightly off-white Rolex signed dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is classically art-deco. The slim raised gilt hour batons with Roman numeral hour numbers at the quarters along with the stunning blued steel hands and sub-second dial. All Rolex designs are great but now and again they excel themselves and this design along with the teardrop lug case is just such a watch. The Rolex signed manual wind ‘Precision’ movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by SHWR. To complete this watch we’ve put a new, beautifully simple tan/brown calf-skin strap with steel Rolex buckle.

This is an extremely rare and stunning watch from one of the World’s greatest watchmakers.

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The Case

The solid steel case is in excellent condition – please note the Rolex crown and serial number on the caseback. This is extremely rare as they’re usually polished off over the years. Please also note a genuine ‘Thimble’ winding crown; in those days Rolex didn’t sign their crowns but used the thimble style, super rare. The case measures just under 35mm excluding the thimble crown and 43mm long including the lugs. The outside caseback has the Rolex crown and serial number and the inside is signed ‘Rolex Geneve Suisse’, ‘Acier Inoxyable’ and the case number is ‘4560’.

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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 £900,000; 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 beautiful example of a 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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