In the 1930's through the 50's, in the midst of their high output of utilitarian Oyser sports watches, Rolex also made much more elegant dress watches. These fine wristwatches often combine a superior hand-wound mechanism with beautiful aesthetics.
The elegant and uncommon dress Rolex Precision showcased in today's offering is a prime Connoisseur of Time Certified Pre-Owned example of this phenomenon. It features very fine and dramatic styling and a well-executed handwound movement.
Originally intended for men, by today's standards it is a midsize watch, well-suited for someone who does not have large wrists.
Made for the English market by Dennison, Rolex's English contract case maker, the case features lugs that are more avant garde than one usually finds on English market watches from the era. And the markers have a distinctively vintage style.
It has a less common sweep seconds function and technical dial with 1/5 markings that served the needs of men in technical, sporting, and racing fields. We really like the combination on the watch - its pleasing blends a distinctive dress style with high performance.
But what is most striking about the watch is its incredible restored condition.
It is fully Rolex down to the signed crown. It has just finished a true expertly done restoration - it presents in gorgeous condition.
Its case presents as mint with fairly light signs of previous polishing. Its dial has been meticulously refinished - the printing could pass as Rolex factory done to the naked eye.
As part of the restoration, its movement has just been overhauled by a Master Watchmaker (a $695 value). It continues to run very strong and true, keeping time nearly on par with a new Rolex in our testing recording position.
For the finishing touch, it has been equipped with a brand new calfskin leather strap and 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.
Don't miss the opportunity to own the perfect small-sized complement to your sporty Datejust, Sub, GMT, or Daytona.
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.
Country of origin: Switzerland
Model: Ref. 12857
Serial no.: 881,210
Year made: c. 1950's
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
Designed for: Men
Case material: Solid 9K gold
Case condition: Presents as mint with fairly mild to moderate signs of polishing.
Dimensions: 31.2mm diameter (without crown) by 39.5mm long lug tip to tip
Dial: Silver, signed Rolex Precision and Swiss, gold stylized dart and Arabic indices, outer 1/5 second/minute track, expertly restored
Hands: Original, gold "lances"
Movement type: Rolex, handwound, rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance
Movement markings: Montres Rolex S.A., Geneva, Swiss, 17 Jewels
Jewels: 17 rubies
Band: Calfskin leather, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn with an aftermarket buckle done in a Rolex style. We also stock lizard and a variety of other straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
Width between lugs: 16mm
Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
Serviced: As part of the restoration its movement has just been overhauled by a Master Watchmaker (a $695 value).
Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system. It continues to run very strong and true, keeping time nearly on par with a new Rolex in our testing recording position. 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
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.