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). Its case is made in sterling silver, an uncommon composition for a waterproof Rolex case.
One of our watchmakers has cleaned and oiled it approximately five years ago, 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
Era made: World War II
Designed for: Men originally - now a unisex watch
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
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: It was cleaned and oiled approximately five years ago.
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system and also timed on a machine that spins the watch in all directions simulating it being worn. It's keeping 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 extremely experienced team of four Master Watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts. One used to be the watchmaker for an authorized Rolex dealership and was given special training by Rolex at their Beverly Hills Service Center.
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; New timing certificate
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.