Stunning 1954 Rolex Oyster Perpetual Gents Vintage Watch

The Overview

This is a beautiful example of the iconic Rolex Oyster Perpetual dating from 1954 (the serial number is very hard to read so we’ve dated it from the date stamp in the inside case back – serial numbers on watches of this age are often worn away by the bracelet end pieces). The steel case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear. The original and untouched slightly off-white dial is again in very good condition (for clarity the hour batons and Rolex crown at the ’12’ position are steel – some of the pictures are reflecting a gold colour). The original Rolex signed automatic ‘Butterfly’ movement is again in very good condition and has just been fully serviced by our watchmaker. Automatics from this age will require some manual winding even with wear. To complete this stunning watch we’ve added a new, super high quality black Hirsch ‘London’ alligator strap with steel Hirsch buckle.

In view of the condition and quality of the movement we will give a 12 month guarantee.

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The Case

The steel case is in excellent condition with only the most minor signs of wear. The case measures 34mm across excluding the Rolex crown and 41mm long including the lugs. The inside case is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’, the lovely old Rolex crown design and the case reference is 6580. As mentioned, the age reference is ‘IV.54’ dating it to 1954.

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The Movement

The original Rolex signed automatic ‘Butterfly’ movement is again in very good condition and has just been fully serviced by our watchmaker. Automatics from this age will require some manual winding even with wear. The movement is signed ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss, ’25 Jewels’, ‘Adjusted 5 Positions and Temp’ and the calibre is ‘1030’. The movement number is ‘504971’.

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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 and 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 £800,000; 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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