Ladies Rolex in Diamond and 18ct White Gold 1924

Price

£6,850

In stock

Listed 3 years ago

Edited 3 years ago

Seller

Vintage Gold Watches

Bayswater, GB

Contact

020 7727 7095

info@vintagegoldwatches.com

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Details

Seller typeTrade
Reference number418
GenderWomens
Year1924
ConditionVery good
ScopeWatch only
Diameter42mm
Case material18ct White Gold
Bracelet material18k White Gold

Description

This spectacular diamond and white gold ladies cocktail watch carries a wonderful Guilloche effect art-deco dial. The stunning 18ct white gold case carries wonderful flying articulated diamond-studded lugs which when worn, follow the contour of the wrist. This adds significantly to the sensation and drama of this wonderful timepiece. The watch has an infinitely adjustable white gold bracelet, which allows it to fit any ladies size wrist.

This watch is all correctly signed by Rolex on the dial, movement and case. It was produced in 1924 and made for the U.K market and therefore carries Glasgow U.K 18ct hallmarks, as all Rolex U.K imported watches did, during this period.

The Case

Although this is not an overly large ‘statement’ piece, it is hugely impressive with the art-deco and imperial style of the period, exemplified by regal flying diamond-studded lugs.

The stunning, diamond-studded case has beautiful hand-engraved sides and remains in tip-top condition. As one would expect, this is a high-quality case, which from all appearances seems to have been very well cared for since there are no signs of wear, over-polishing, dings, scratches or other damage, visible to the naked eye. The case is signed RWC Ltd for Rolex Watch Company and carries Glasgow U.K hallmarks which date the watch to 1924. The case also carries the external Rolex model reference number 418 and the serial number 13281. The case is 15mm wide, excluding the crown and 28mm in length. The total length of the watch including the lugs is 42mm. The watch is quite slim at 7mm, including the lens which stands slightly proud of the case. The case itself and hinge area, in particular, have been carefully inspected for any weaknesses and none were found. We can, therefore, guarantee the structural integrity of this watch case. This, along with the general condition of the case, leads us to believe this watch has led a charmed life and seen very little use.

As always, our standard advice applies: vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.

The Dial

The silver-white dial has a Guilloche style (finely engraved) finish, which has a beautifully intricate pattern, giving a starburst effect. The ‘1 – 12’ numerals are in the art-deco style, complimented by original ‘Breguet’ blued steel hands. The dial design and case complement each other beautifully and also make the time easy to read for such a small watch.

This is the original Rolex dial which has been restored to the very highest standards by the best dial restorers in the U.K.

The Movement

The Rolex Calibre.250 Prima, 15 Jewels movement is original to this watch. It is signed ‘Rolex’, ‘Prima’, ’15 Jewels’ and ‘Swiss Made’. The watch movement has been fully overhauled and serviced by our watchmaker who reports it to be in excellent condition.

The Bracelet

The watch is on a period, white gold loop bracelet with a sliding locking clasp which makes the bracelet adjustable for any size of wrist. The bracelet is also in perfect condition.

The Box and Papers

Although there is no original paperwork with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct, dating the watch to 1924.

This watch comes complete with the original presentation box, as shown.

In Conclusion

We have here a beautiful, rare, usable and highly collectable, vintage gold ladies cocktail watch, from horology’s most famous name which is something of beauty, to use, wear, treasure and enjoy!

This watch will also make an excellent investment and family heirloom piece. Even though vintage gold Rolex prices have continued to rise markedly in the past 2-3 years, we still feel fine examples such as this are undervalued. As each year goes by and the world market for vintage gold Rolex watches continues to expand, availability will become more limited, so prices are surely destined to climb ever higher!

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