1920s rose gold cushion vintage Rolex Oyster watch (3867)
An incredibly rare early 9ct rose gold cushion Rolex Oyster watch. The case measures 32 x 32mm, with an Oyster Patent crown. The case is signed RWCLtd (Rolex Watch Company Limited), Rolex, 7 World’s Records and hallmarked Glasgow 1927. The Prima movement is signed Rolex, timed to 6 positions, For all climates with 15 jewels. The champagne dial has black Roman numerals with a subsidiary seconds dial. The dial is signed Rolex Oyster above the centre.
This is one of the earliest Rolex Oyster watches having only ‘7 World’s Records’ signed in the case, subsequent watches having ’20 World’s Records’.
A stunning example in fabulous condition!
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.