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 Rolex "trench watch" built during World War I in 1916, only eight years after the founding of Rolex. It is stamped with a London hallmark.
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 small "onion" winding crown, it clearly showcases its resemblance to a pocket watch.
The centerpiece of the watch is its beautiful original porcelain dial with black Roman numerals and distinctive red 12.
Born before the days of constant brand focused marketing, these very early pieces are often not outwardly signed Rolex - they are only signed on the case and movement.
Originally designed for men and midsized at 29mm by today's standard, it is well-suited to someone with small wrist.
Its very early, sterling silver case is fully signed and in excellent condition. It has tarnished to a beautiful deep grey color, so we have left it on for the sale.
Its dial presents very nicely with one light hairline around a part of the minute track. And its original, signed Rolex Rebberg "hunter" movement is running very true.
One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealer and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker (for many years now Rolex has not "certified" watchmakers, they only "train" them), has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine Rolex parts, installing a new mainspring, polishing the pivtos, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $595 value).
For the finishing touch it comes equipped with a new Hirsch 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 and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.
Don't miss this opporuntiy to enjoy a historical vintage Rolex.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Year built: 1916 - London hallmark
Model: Trench Style 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: Excellent with light wear. We have left the beautiful patina on the case.
Dial: White enamel with black painted Arabic numerals with a red 12, outer ornate gold minute track, presents very nicely with one light hairline around a part of the minute track. Born before the days of constant brand focused marketing, these very early pieces are often not outwardly signed Rolex - they are only signed on the case and movement.
Hands: Blued steel "spades"
Movement type: Fine Swiss quality, Rolex Rebberg hunter, signed Rolex, decorated with pearling, 15 jewels, index regulator
Movement markings: Rolex, Swiss Made, 15 Jewels
Jewels: 15 rubies
Band: Oil tanned leather, remborde, made by Hirsch one of Europe's long running band companies, designed for fixed lug watches, new
Crystal: Mineral glass, vintage, excellent condition.
Serviced: One of our Master Watchmakers, who used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealer and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center to be an authorized Rolex watchmaker (for many years now Rolex has not "certified" watchmakers, they only "train" them), has fully serviced the watch which consists of fully disassembling the movement, carefully inspecting each part, replacing any overly worn components with genuine Rolex parts, installing a new mainspring, reassembling and lubricating the movement, and extensive timing testing and regulation (a $595 value).
Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system and also timed on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn. 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 four watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.
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
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.