1938 Rolex Art Deco Mens "Prince Elegante" Watch - 14K Gold & Diamonds

Rolex

Item No. 7635

In the 1930's after developing their famous Oyster case and before making the transition to specializing in mostly sport watches, Rolex crafted their Prince line of watches to meet the needs of their exclusive clientele.

The rare and sought-after wristwatch featured in today's offering is an example of one of those pieces, a member of the acclaimed Rolex Prince family. Powered by Rolex's celebrated tonneau movement, considered one of the finest rectangular mechanisms ever built, it easily kept perfect time.

Here are a few of the features that make this wristwatch special:

  • Prince Elegante model, a member of the celebrated Rolex Prince family of watches
  • Rare original black dial with gilt printing
  • Better quality movement featuring an oversized winding barrel and balance wheel. By placing this two mechanisms at opposite ends of the movement the watch achieves incredible levels of accuracy and carries a longer power reserve, enabling it to run longer and more accurately on a single wind
  • Solid gold balance screws and high quality escapement insure exceptional timekeeping
  • Shapely and elegant solid 14K gold case. This example has previously been aftermarket set with approximately over a carat of brilliants diamonds.

Seldom does one find on original black dialed Prince Elegante.

Our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with new Rolex parts, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $495 value).

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new crocodile strap and the original or period Rolex buckle that was on it when we acquired it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland, made for the British market
  • Serial no.: 56,500
  • Year built: c. 1938
  • Model: Prince Elegante, reference number 3531
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for: Men
  • Case material: 14K gold with aftermarket diamonds
  • Case markings (inside): Rolex, 31 Victoires, De Haute Precision, Geneve, Swiss, .585 (14K),
  • Case condition: Very good with light rippling along the case back and wear and signs of jewelers work. Presents nicely on the wrist.
  • Dial: Black with gilt printing, signed Rolex Prince Elegante, outer minute track, partially ghosted faded signature
  • Dimensions: 22mm wide (excluding crown), 38mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Hands: Gold, "dauphines"
  • Movement type: Very high quality, signed Rolex, 15 jewels, rhodium plated, oversized balance wheel and winding barrel for enhanced accuracy and longer power reserve, gold balance screws, gold jewel chatons, precision finished escapement
  • Movement markings: Rolex, Swiss Made, Fifteen Rubies
  • Band: Crocodile, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.
  • Serviced: Our Master Watchmaker has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with new Rolex parts, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $495 value).

    Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.
  • Warranty: 1-year C.O.T. international warranty.
  • Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate
  • Returns: 7 days full refund. 100% satisfaction guarantee

We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee for all of our watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 7 days after the watch has been received. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations throughout the buying experience.

All watches are packaged carefully and mailed double boxed in specially constructed, reinforced shipping boxes designed for high value items. All watches are sent fully insured with signature required. Most of our domestic shipping is done through FedEx. At times we will also use USPS Express Mail, and we can accommodate most requests for your preferred carrier. International shipments are sent USPS International Express Mail or FedEx.

The purchase price will be the declared value of the merchandise on any required customs forms. The payment of all customs duties, tariffs, and taxes are the responsibility of the buyer.

Also note that water resistance of vintage watches can no longer be guaranteed and is not covered under the watch's warranty. We do not recommend getting a vintage watch wet, even one that was originally designed to be waterproof.

To get an idea of how this watch will look on the wrist, please use the Watch Sizing Guide

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