One of Rolex's greatest contributions to horology is in the area of waterproof cases. The Rolex Oyster watch, which featured a unique case and patented screw down crown that offered its owner complete protection against water, dust, and perspiration, birthed the idea of the modern sport watch as we know it and was a catalyst for the initial widespread acceptance of the wristwatch.
Several events worked to greatly popularize the watch: Sir Malcolm Campbell's land speed record attempt where he achieved a speed of 272 mpg, all done while wearing perfectly functioning Oyster. And perhaps the most well-known early event in the company's history: Mercedes Gleitz's English Channel swim
wearing an Oyster. Following the historic event, Rolex took out a full-page ad in the Daily Mail introducing the Oyster.
Today's offering showcases this wonderful and uncommon all-original vintage ladies Rolex Oyster with Rolex band and buckle and very rare original clam shell box!
A watch for a true connoisseur, it is in a sense, a time capsule piece.
Made circa 1942, while World War II was in full swing, its case features Rolex's Oyster technology, and it retains its original Oyster Patent + crown..
Beating away inside our watch is its diminutive handwound Rolex movement complete with Super Balance system and two adjustments for greater accuracy.
It presents in wonderful condition. All parts are original. The case presents as better than near mint and still has its original Rolex factory applied satin finish. It untouched original silver dial shows fairly light aging and has warmed to a light sepia tone, giving it a true vintage look.
One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it making it ready for immediate enjoyment.
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.
An uncommon all-original early Oyster with band, buckle, and rare clam shell box that will enhance the collection of a vintage watch enthusiast (or perhaps entice a Rolex collector's wife into the delightful world of vintage watches).
Country of origin: Switzerland
Serial no.: 207,721
Year built: c. 1942
Model: Ref. 4060
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds
Designed for: Ladies
Case material: Stainless Steel
Case markings (outside): Stainless steel, R.W.C. (for Rolex Watch Co.), M.l.J., 207,721
Case condition: Presents as better than near mint with light wear and still has its original Rolex factory applied satin finish
Dial: Silver with black painted indexes, signed Rolex Oyster, small seconds, original, excellent condition with fairly mild aging and toning
Dimensions: 21mm wide (without crown), 28mm long lug tip-to-tip
Hands: Original, blue steel batons and original seconds
Movement type: Rolex, manually wound, 7 1/2"', rhodium plated, "fausses cotes" decoration, 17 jewels, lever escapement, Super Balance balance, self compensating flat balance-spring adjusted to two positions
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Signed Rolex, leather, appears original and if not period correct, remborde, original correct Rolex buckle, only light worn
Width between lugs: 10mm
Crystal type: Acrylic, mint condition
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Box/Papers: BOX - Original clam shell 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.