1952 Rolex Oyster Royal Mens Vintage "Shock Resisting" Watch, Stainless Steel


Item No. 6686

One of the more seldom seen classic vintage Rolex watches is the Oyster Royal as Rolex made most watches of this style with a date.

It features a much thinner profile than the Perpetual models due to its hand-wound movement, and its understated and very classic design contrast the "busier" look of some of the modern Rolex watches. It's a watch that is perfectly at home being worn everyday or only for special occasions.

Today's offering showcases this Certified Pre-Owned early vintage ref. 6044 "Shock Resisting" Rolex Oyster Royal. Rolex was a fairly early adopter of using shock protection in their movements, and the 6044 was an early model with it, as the dial proclaims.

The 6044 was also one of the relatively few Rolex models to feature the short-lived Super Oyster crown which was produced for only three years. The “Super-Oyster” winding crown was an attempt by Rolex to create a waterproof winding crown which did not need to be screwed down. While the system itself worked, in time the rubber seal perished and therefore this crown type was phased out after only a few years of production.

Housed in one of Rolex's water-tight Oyster cases, the wristwatch originally offered its owner complete protection against water, dust, and perspiration. Inside the rugged case Rolex placed one of their Cal. 700 series handwound movement.

Its parts are all-original down to all hands and its original Super Oyster crown.

Its dial was restored in vintage times. It case is in excellent condition. It does not appear to have ever been polished - its lugs are nice and full.

One of our watchmakers has just fully disassembled the movement down to its last screw and freshly cleaned and oiled it. Its original handwound movement is keeping time.

For the finishing touch we have equipped it with a brand new Teju lizard strap 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.

Scarcer than most Rolex Oysters.

  • Country of origin: Switzerland
  • Maker: Rolex
  • Serial number: 741,167
  • Year made: c. 1952
  • Model: Ref. 6044, Oyster Royal
  • Designed for: Men
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sweep Seconds
  • Case material: Stainless steel
  • Case condition: Honest and excellent original condition with light wear. It does not appear to have ever been polished.
  • Dimensions: 25.4mm diameter not including the crown
  • Case markings (inside): Rolex, Geneva Swiss, Patented, Staybrite, 6044
  • Dial: Silver with applied gold dart and Arabic indexes and coronet, outer 1/5 minute/second division, restored in vintage times. Please inquire if you would like it freshly restored.
  • Hands: All original, luminous gold feuilles" with blue steel "lollipop" counterweighted seconds
  • Movement type: Signed Rolex, 700 series, manually wound with Super Balance, rhodium-plated, 15 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring
  • Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn. We also stock a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.
  • Width between lugs: 17mm
  • Crystal: Acrylic, excellent condition
  • Serviced: One of our watchmakers has just fully disassembled the movement down to its last screw and freshly 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: 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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