1943 Rolex Oyster Army Vintage Mens Midsize Watch Ref. 3139 - Stainless Steel


Item No. VR 9

Today's offering showcases this quite rare and pleasing Rolex Oyster Army made c. 1943. We've been wanting to get our hands on one of these for a number of years, and finally have. This is the very first Army that we've owned.

If you're not familiar, the Army was so named because its special Oyster case was built like a tank.

Our Army is fully Rolex down to all hands and the original Oyster Patent top hat winding crown. The dial has been refinished, but it's old restoration that still gives the watch an original look, and the luminous looks great!

Its rugged case is in very pleasing condition with clear facets on the lugs and hardly any opening marks visible on the wrench grooves. It retains a strong case number, and the lightly printed "Stainless Steel - R.W.C." is still visible.

It is part of the discerning collection that we are selling for a renowned paediatrician.

One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it. It comes equipped with with a crocodile strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a 90-day C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function and a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity.

  • Manufacturer: Rolex
  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Serial no.: 244,874
  • Year built: c. 1943
  • Model: Oyster Army, Ref. 3139
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
  • Designed for: Originally designed for men; a mens midsize today
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case markings (inside): Rolex S.A., Geneva Suisse, 31 Victories, Brevetee Haute Precision, R.W.C. Ltd, 3139
  • Case marking (outside): Stainless Steel, R.W.C., 244874, Engraved "Alexander Shaw 33 693 418
  • Case condition: Near mint
  • Dimensions: 29.5mm wide (excluding crown) by 37mm long
  • Crown: Original, signed Oyster Patent
  • Dial: Silver, signed Rolex Oyster, luminous Arabic numerals, old restoration
  • Hands: Original, blue steel pointed batons, excellent condition
  • Movement type: Rolex hunter, nickel finished 17-jewel lever movement with Breguet overcoil hairspring, index regulator, adjusted to two positions
  • Movement markings: Rolex, Geneva, Swiss, Seventeen Jewels, Adjusted 2 positions, Patented, Superbalance
  • Band: Crocodile, remborde, only very lightly worn
  • Width between lugs: 15mm
  • Crystal type: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has disassembled it down to its last screw and cleaned and oiled it.
  • 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: 90-day 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
  • 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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