1920s 9ct rose gold vintage Rolex Oyster watch (3742)
An early 9ct rose gold vintage Rolex Oyster watch. The case measures 32 x 32 mm, with an Oyster Patent winding crown. The case is signed Rolex, 20 World’s Records, RWC Ltd (Rolex Watch Company Limited), hallmarked Glasgow 1928 and numbered. The Rolex movement is signed with 15 jewels. The dial has raised gold Arabic numerals, with a subsidiary seconds dial and blued steel hands. The dial is signed Rolex Oyster above the centre.
A fabulous example of the iconic Rolex Oyster watch, in rose gold!
The Rolex Oyster watch
Following the end of World War I, global trading resumed and Rolex watches were being sent abroad, particularly to the the hot and humid tropical countries of the British Empire. Many of the watches were found to have rusted on arrival following a long damp voyage!
Hans Wilsdorf (co-founder of Rolex) was determined to produce a ‘water-proof’ watch and commented;
“We must succeed in making a watch case so tight that our movements will be permanently guaranteed against damage caused by dust, perspiration, heat and cold. Only then will the perfect accuracy of the Rolex watch be secured.”
The Rolex Oyster watch was produced a few years later in 1926 with a ‘three-piece’ case, (the front and back screwing into the body). An iconic design that has become probably the best selling waterproof wristwatch