In the first decade after the turn of the twentieth century when someone referred to a gentleman's watch they most often meant one object - a large, timing instrument kept in the pocket. That changed in part because of Hans Wilsdorf, a true legend in timekeeping history, who founded Rolex Watch Co. in 1908. When the first World War erupted, demand rose sharply for these novel watches as Allied servicemen needed a more suitable way to a access their vital timepieces.
Today's offering showcases this rare and World War I era Rolex military "trench watch." Incredibly cool and very pleasingly rare, it still retains its removable shrapnel guard protecting its glass crystal.
We believe these more than a century old Rolex are underappreciated: At a time when Rolex values are climbing finding an original one of these is very difficult, their military style is exceedingly cool, and they are one of the first Rolex wristwatches made, yet they often sell for less than a ubiquitous 70's Oysterdate.
Often referred to as a Trench Watch, watches like this one enabled an officer to coordinate his men's activities with precision with just a glance at his wrist. With it's circular case, easy to read porcelain dial with large numerals, and large "onion" winding crown, it clearly showcases its resemblance to a pocket watch.
Our example is one of the larger ones from the era, measuring over 33mm in diameter and 38mm including the crown. Its wonderful original blued steel hands are really striking when the light reflects off the blue steel at the right angle. They retain their original strong blue tone.
Its early, silver case is fully signed and in excellent condition. Its dial is in very good honest original condition with untouched luminous. And its original, signed Rolex Rebberg "hunter" movement is running very true.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It is running very strong and true. Amazingly, after nearly a full century it continues to keep very accurate time in our testing position for a watch from the era.
For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new oil tanned leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year international warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate.
Don't miss this opporuntiy to enjoy a historical vintage Rolex.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: c. 1910's
Model: Trench Style Military Watch
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Sterling silver
Case markings (inside): W & D (for Wilsdorf and Davis, the two founders of Rolex), Swiss, Rolex signature, silver content, silver hallmarks
Case condition: Very honest original very good condition with a few light dimples in the back and discretely touched up wire lugs as is nearly always the case with these
Dial: White enamel with luminous Arabic numerals, sunken seconds dial, outer railroad minute track signed Rolex, very good honest condition with untouched luminous
Hands: Original, blued steel, luminous
Movement type: Fine Swiss quality, Rolex Rebberg hunter, signed Rolex, decorated with Cotes de Geneve, 15 jewels, index regulator
Movement markings: Rolex, Swiss Made, 15 Jewels
Jewels: 15 rubies
Band: Oil tanned leather, fully stitched, padded, designed for fixed lug watches, brand new and unworn
Crystal: Mineral glass, vintage, excellent condition. Comes with removeable shrapnel guard.
Serviced: Yes, one of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It is running strong and true. Amazingly, after nearly a full century it continues to keep very accurate time in our testing position for a watch from the era.
Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
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.