1930's Rolex Observatory Vintage Ladies Gold Watch


Item No. 8999

Perhaps no name in watchmaking is more universally known than Rolex. As one of the very first builders of wristwatches, their masterful quality is legendary, landing them among the likes of Vacheron & Constantin and other fine watchmakers whose timepieces are the most respected and valuable in the world.

The original ladies Rolex featured in today's offering is a example of one of these fine pieces. Featuring an Art Deco case suggestive of the iconic Eastern Columbia building in Los Angeles, it showcases a wonderful style. The jeweler we purchased it from said they had tested it as solid 9K or 10K gold, but we believe it is gold-plated.

It has a desirable two-tone sector dial signed Rolex Observatory. Although this was not officially certified as a chronometer by one of the Swiss observatories, Rolex prided themselves on their watches accuracy and often referred to models colloquially as chronometers.

Here are a few of the features that earn this watch its place among Rolex's fine wristwatches :

  • Elegant case with simple, sophisticated, and harmonious proportions, embodying the Art Deco style
  • Desirable sector dial with two silver inner and outer sections. Its original blue steel hands have a wonderful tone and really catch the light at certain angles
  • High grade, original Rolex mechanism

It has fully Rolex parts except for the winding crown, which is a vintage replacement. KINDLY NOTE: The crown in most of the photos is not the current crown. The photos of the watch on the wrist show the current crown.

The case is in honest condition with and doesn't appear to have ever been polished. The two-tone sector dial was very nicely restored in vintage times. The high-grade, Rolex movement is clean and keeping time.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new cord strap designed to replicate the look of the original 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 and a full-page custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Manufacturer : Rolex
  • Country of origin : Switzerland
  • Year built : c. 1930's
  • Functions : Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
  • Designed for : Women
  • Case material : The jeweler we purchased it has in writing that they tested it as solid 9K or 10K gold, but we believe it is gold-plated.
  • Case markings (inside) : Rolex
  • Case condition : Good honest condition with wear at the high points. It does not appear to have ever been polished.
  • Dimensions : 21mm diameter (excluding crown) by 28mm long lug tip to tip
  • Dial : Two-tone silver, sector sections, gold painted Arabic numerals at the primary hours and batons at the lesser, signed Rolex Observatory, very well-restored in vintage times and now toned
  • Hands : Original, blue steel "diamonds"
  • Movement type : High grade, original signed Rolex, manually wound, round, 15 rubies, rhodium plated
  • Movement markings : Rolex, Fab. Suisse, Swiss Made, 15 Rubies
  • Jewels : 15 rubies
  • Band : Black cord, designed to replicate the look from the period, band fits a wrist up to approx. nine inches and is designed to be cut down to fit even the smallest wrist, brand new and unused
  • Crystal : Mineral glass, excellent condition
  • 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. 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 concierge@cotwatches.com 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.

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


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