Today's offering showcases this fine and very rare early Rolex Oyster, made while the company was building its early Oyster line.
Presumably built very close to the creation of very first Oyster in 1926, this Oyster has the second lowest serial number we have seen surface in our research for this reference, and it likely is one of the earliest Rolex Oysters made. The only earlier serial number we have seen is on another similar watch we are offering for sale.
Without question one of the company's greatest contributions to horology is in the area of waterproof cases. The Rolex Oyster case birthed the idea of the modern sport watch as we know it and was a key catalyst for the initial widespread acceptance of the wristwatch.
Several events worked to greatly popularize the watch: Sir Malcolm Campbell's land speed record attempt where he achieved a speed of 272 mpg, all done while wearing perfectly functioning Oyster. And, of course, perhaps the most well-known early event in the company's history: Mercedes Gleitz's English Channel
swim wearing an Oyster. Following the historic event, Rolex took out a full-page ad in the Daily Mail introducing the Oyster.
Unlike many watches from this era, it is not a small boys size watch. While not large, it is a mens size that measures 32mm without the crown, and the large crown adds another 4mm.
It is fully Rolex down to its original onion style crown. It even still has its original lead waterproofing gasket.
Its honest chrome-plated Oyster case with screw down bezel is in original untouched condition. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
Its dial is very honest as well. It to is in original untouched condition. The lacquer has turned a sepia tone from the effects of radium and aging, and the radium has toned very dark. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
Powering the watch is its original Rolex caliber 885 handwound movement. The dial, case, and movement are all signed Oyster or Oyster Watch Co., which was Rolex's initial experiment in branding for its revolutionary Oyster line. Photos of the inside available upon request.
One of our watchmakers has just disassembled it down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement. It continues to keep time. For the finishing touch we have installed a brand new Teju lizard strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no: 20,947
Year built: c. 1927
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Chrome plated
Case condition: Honest original condition. It is in untouched condition with scratches and wear to the chromium throughout. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
Crown: Original Rolex screw-down onion crown with good threads
Dial: Silver, signed Oyster, luminous Arabic numerals, railroad minute track, top lacquer coating has warmed to a sepia tone. Honest untouched original condition. Please inquire if you would like it restored.
Dimensions: 32mm wide (excluding crown - the crown adds another approx. 4mm) by 38mm long lug tip to tip
Hands: Luminous batons
Movement type: Rolex, manually wound, nickel finished, correctly signed, 15-jewel lever movement with Breguet overcoil hairspring, index regulator
Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 16mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: One of our watchmakers has just disassembled it down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. 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 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.