1940's Rolex Oyster Royal Mens Vintage "Shock Resisting" Watch, 14K Gold & Stainless Steel - Classic & Uncommon Design


Item No. 8681

One of the more seldom seen classic vintage Rolex watches is the Oyster Royal as Rolex made most watches of this style with a date.

It features a much thinner profile than the Perpetual models due to its hand-wound movement, and its understated and very classic design contrast the "busier" look of some of the modern Rolex watches. It's a watch that is perfectly at home being worn everyday or only for special occasions.

Today's offering showcases this Certified Pre-Owned early vintage ref. 4444 "Shock Resisting" Rolex Oyster Royal in gorgeous restored condition. Rolex was a fairly early adopter of using shock protection in their movements, and the 4444 was one of the first models to offer it, as the dial proclaims.

Its dial has 1/2 second markings for precision, technical, and sporting timing uses.

Although most Oyster watches are encased entirely in solid gold cases, steel, or steel and solid gold cases, the so-called "Tropical or Hypoallergenic" examples feature a gold shell top with original stainless steel back making it is more rugged and durable, especially when worn in warm or wet climates. And it offers the look of being solid gold for a fraction of the price.

Housed in one of Rolex's water-tight Oyster cases, the wristwatch originally offered its owner complete protection against water, dust, and perspiration. Inside the rugged case Rolex placed one of their Cal. 700 series handwound movement.

It measures 32mm in diameter so is well-suited for someone who does not have a large wrist.

It has all Rolex parts and has just finished a true expertly done restoration. Our photos couldn't do it justice.

Its case is in gorgeous condition - it presents as just short of mint with light wear around the edge of the back. On the wrist it presents as just short of perfect mint.

Its dial has been meticulously restored - the printing could pass as Rolex factory done to the naked eye.

As part of the restoration it has just been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker (a $495 value).

For the finishing touch it comes equipped with a calfskin leather strap and a gold tone aftermarket Rolex style buckle 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.

The pictures are of the actual watch for sale. We offer shipping the next business day to over 100 countries. In addition, we offer a 30 day no hassle money back guarantee if you don't absolutely love it so there's no risk to you!

You have many stores to choose from - thank you so much for choosing Connoisseur of Time, known for offering only the highest-grade fine watches like Rolex and Cartier with exceptional service for over 14 years.

100% satisfaction guarantee. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch we will fully refund the purchase price. Simply notify us and send it back anytime within 14 days after it has been received. Our goal is to exceed your expectations throughout the buying experience. View our feedback and shop with confidence.

A four and a half decade old Rolex that presents like new on the wrist!

  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Maker: Rolex
  • Year made: c. second half of the 1940's
  • Model: Ref. 4444, Oyster Royal
  • Designed for: Men
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
  • Case material: 14K gold top with stainless steel back
  • Case condition: Presents as just short of mint with light wear around the edge of the back and between the lugs. On the wrist it presents as just short of perfect mint.
  • Case markings (inside): Rolex, Geneve Swiss, Brevette
  • Dial: Silver with applied gold dart and Arabic indexes and coronet, outer 1/2 minute/second division, expertly restored
  • Hands: Original, luminous gold "lances" with blue steel "lollipop" counter-weighted seconds
  • Movement type: Signed Rolex, 700 series, manually wound with Super Balance, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring
  • Band: Leather, fully stitched, padded, excellent condition, with aftermarket gold tone buckle done in a Rolex style. We also stock a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Width between lugs: 17mm
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, it has just been freshly overhauled by a Master Watchmaker (a $495 value).
  • 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; 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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