1938 Rolex Precision Vintage Pre-Cellini Ladies "Nurse" Style Watch, Ref. 3768 - 14K Rose Gold


Item No. 7228

In the 1930's through the 50's, after patenting their Oyster case and in the midst of their high output of utilitarian sports watches, Rolex also made much more elegant dress watches. These fine wristwatches often combine a superior hand-wound mechanism with beautiful aesthetics.

The elegant and uncommon dress Rolex showcased in today's offering is a classic and wonderfully styled example of this phenomenon. It features very fine and dramatic Art Deco styling and a well-executed handwound movement.

Unlike most ladies dress Rolex watches encased in 14K made for the U.S. market, this is a true all-Swiss Rolex creation.

With its prominent sweep seconds, a very uncommon feature on ladies watches from the era, its technical dial could serve the needs of nurses or women participating in other medical, technical, or sporting fields.

Its classically elegant and understated round case - in an era where most women's watches were more decorative - is a very suitable match for its practical dial. While quite elegant, the design of the watch down to the winding crown and patented Super Balance movement adjusted to two positions, a rare occurrence for a ladies watch, its design and construction are more in line with Rolex's very fine mens watches from the era, giving the watch a feel of it having a certain professional gravitas to it.

It is all-original and in pleasing condition down to its cabochon crown, a feature as we mention above most often found on mens watches with this round style. Its case is near mint with a light protrusion on the back. On the wrist it presents beautifully. Its untouched original dial shows only light aging.

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 new genuine Java lizard strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment. It is also accompanied by the vintage rose gold plated expansion bracelet that was on it when we acquired it.

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.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes and Sweep Seconds
  • Serial no.: 65,132
  • Year made: c. 1938
  • Model: Ref. 3768
  • Designed for: Women
  • Case material: 14K rose gold
  • Case condition: Near mint plus with one light protrusion in the back
  • Case markings (outside): Ann L. Mayer
  • Case markings (inside): 31 Victoires De Haute Precision, Rolex S.A., Geneve Swiss, 14K, 65,132
  • Dimensions: 24mm diameter (excluding crown), 30mm long lug tip to tip
  • Dial: Salmon with black painted Arabic and baton indices, original and untouched, excellent condition with only fairly light aging. Please inquire if you would like it expertly restored.
  • Hands: Original, blue steel "batons"
  • Movement type: High-grade Rolex, manually wound, rhodium plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic Super Balance, adjusted to two-positions
  • Jewels: 17 rubies
  • Band: Java 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.
  • Serviced: 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 watchmakers both of whom each have over forty 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; 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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