1940's Rolex Oyster Victory Vintage Mens Midsize "Boys" WWII Watch - Sterling Silver


Item No. 6087

Today's offering showcases this original World War II "boy's size" Rolex Victory. In the late 1930's Rolex ran an ad campaign titled "Time flies" featuring the exploits of renowned pioneering aviators wearing Rolex watches. The successful campaign created a high demand for these pieces among the pilots of the era.

As World War II came into full swing, suddenly the world found itself with a large number of pilots. The watch of choice for these aviators was the "Boy's size" Rolex Oyster with manually wound movement, sweep seconds hand (if possible), and a luminous numbered dial. The RAF pilots won the Battle of Britain wearing these distinguished watches.*

This particular model, the Victory, was sold only in Canada. They were marketed to Canadian soldiers heading overseas and sold them in PX stores.

This Victory is original and correct down to the dial and all hands. It has a striking and desirable original 24-hour black dial, which has previously had the word Rolex added to it, the only alteration to the watch. The dial is in beautiful condition, and the luminous has toned very nicely. It's an awesome looking dial!

The caliber 59 movement with early shock resistance is signed Rolex (these are signed under the dial rather than on the bridge). It's case is made in sterling silver, an uncommon composition for a waterproof Rolex case.

Our watchmaker has freshly cleaned and oiled it, and for the finishing touch we have equipped it with a new Teju lizard crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

*For interesting reading on the subject see "The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches" by Hess and Dowling.

  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Maker: Rolex
  • Model: Victory
  • Era made: World War II
  • Designed for: Men originally - now a unisex watch
  • Case material: Sterling silver
  • Case markings (inside): ID Watch Case Co. Sterling Silver (ID cases were the cases used by Rolex in Canada to circumvent import duties - guaranteed to be correct)
  • Case condition: Honest original condition with wrench wear to the grooves on the case back and one scratch from a wrench slip
  • Dimensions: 29mm diameter (excluding crown) by 36mm long lug tip-to-tip
  • Dial: Black with luminous Arabic indexes, 24 hour markings, detailed outer minute/second division, original, beautiful condition. Note that the word Rolex has previously been added to it in vintage times.
  • Hands: All original, luminous batons
  • Movement type: Rolex caliber 59, early shock resistance, manually wound, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating flat balance-spring
  • Movement markings: Rolex, 17 Rubis, 59
  • Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also offer a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Width between lugs: 15mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: Yes, freshly cleaned and oiled.
  • Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Keeping very accurate time. 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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