1930s 9ct gold vintage Rolex Prince Brancard watch
A very rare vintage 9ct gold Rolex Prince Brancard watch. The Brancard case (ref. 1490) measures 25 x 42 mm, is signed R.W.C.Ltd. (Rolex Watch Company Limited) Rolex, 25 World’s Records, Geneva-Suisse, hallmarked Glasgow 1937 , and numbered to the back. The Rolex Ultra Prima Chronometer movement with 18 Rubies, timed to 6 positions and numbered. The silvered two-tone dial has black Arabic numerals with a large subsidiary seconds dial. The two-tone dial is signed Rolex Prince above the centre, with Chronometer below.
The Rolex Prince with the two dials is often referred to as a ‘doctors watch’ or ‘duo-dial’. The large seconds dial enabling the wearer to time beats, etc more accurately.
This is a very early fine example of the Rolex Prince. The stylish Brancard case, which is flared and curved, is in wonderful condition. A real must-have for any watch enthusiast!
The Rolex Prince
The Rolex Prince was first produced in 1929 and it has a special movement, initially made by Aegler and Wilsdorf , when in 1927 a patent was filed for a “shaped watch movement with a seconds dial”. In this new watch the winding barrel and the balance wheel were at opposite ends of the movement allowing for a larger balance wheel and thus more accuracy. A larger winding barrel also meant that the watch could run for longer on a single wind. This allowed most Princes to be chronometer rated and most were indeed sold with a chronometer certificate.
The variation of the Prince models available, even though most movements were similar ( besides the rare Jump Hour model) the cases came in a few different shapes and metals. The Brancard case in silver, gold, platinum and stainless steel, also two colour and ‘tiger-stripe’, the Railway case with stepped sides and also a straight sided case design.