Stunning 1959 Full Size (33mm) Rolex Oyster Unisex Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a simply beautiful example of the Rolex Oyster from 1959 in the full size case – this was the cross over period from a mid-size case (30 mm across excluding the crown) and the full size case (33 mm). This is still a relatively small, in terms of today’s watches, case, hence we’ve listed it as a unisex piece. The original Rolex signed steel screw back case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear. The original Rolex signed ivory/cream dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is just beautiful and very much of its time. The spear head batons with alternating Arabic numbers are in gold (batons are in mushroom with gold outer line) along with the original gold with mint insert dauphine hands. The super defined ‘railway line’ style outer minute markers complete the late art-deco look. The original high grade Rolex signed manual wind movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. To complete this watch we’ve added a new, high quality, dark brown Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches crocodile skin strap with a choice of steel or gold plated buckles.

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.

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The Case

The original Rolex signed steel screw back case is in excellent condition with only the most minimal signs of wear. The case measures 33 mm across, excluding the Rolex signed screw down crown and 39 mm long including the lugs. The inside case has the early Rolex crown and is signed ‘Rolex Geneva Swiss’, ‘Patented’ and the case reference is ‘4499’. The serial number is 391**5 dating it to 1959 (the full serial number will of course be given to the buyer).

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The Dial

The original Rolex signed ivory/cream dial has been professionally refinished to the highest possible standards and is just beautiful and very much of its time. The spear head batons with alternating Arabic numbers are in gold (batons are in mushroom with gold outer line) along with the original gold with mint insert dauphine hands. The super defined ‘railway line’ style outer minute markers complete the late art-deco look. The dial is signed ‘Rolex Oyster’, ‘Shock Resisting’ and ‘Swiss’.

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The Movement

The original high grade Rolex signed manual wind movement is again in excellent condition and has just been fully serviced by our professional watchmaker. The movement is signed ‘Rolex’, ’15 Rubis’ and ‘Swiss Made’.

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The Strap

To complete this watch we’ve added a new, high quality, dark brown Hirsch and Sonning Vintage Watches crocodile skin strap with a choice of steel or gold plated buckles.

We hold a Hirsch franchise and are able to supply any strap 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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Servicing, 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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