1920s silver cushion vintage Rolex Oyster watch

Date:           1928

Case:            Silver, 32 x 32mm

Movement: Rolex Ultra Prima

Dial:             Silvered with Arabic numerals

Lugs:            18mm

A stunning early silver cushion Rolex Oyster watch in fabulous original condition!

1928, silver cushion vintage Rolex Oyster watch. The case measures 32 x 32mm with 18mm lugs, with personal engraving ‘Hector from Nellie, 31.10.31’ to the back and Oyster Patent crown. The case is signed Rolex, 20 World’s Records, RWCLtd. (Rolex Watch Company Limited), hallmarked Dublin 1928 and numbered. The high quality, manual wind movement is signed Rolex, Ultra Prima, Swiss, numbered, with 15 jewels. The two-tone silvered dial has black Arabic numerals, with subsidiary seconds and fine blued steel ‘squelettes’ hands. The dial is signed Rolex Oyster above the centre, with Ultra Prima below.

The Rolex Oyster

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.


This watch has been sold and is retained in our Archive for reference. Please see our Current Rolex Stock.

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