1930s 9ct gold cushion vintage Rolex Oyster watch
Case: 9ct gold, 32 x 32mm
Movement: Rolex Prima
Dial: White enamel with Arabic numerals
A stunning example of the iconic Rolex Oyster watch, in wonderful condition!
A 1931, 9ct gold cushion vintage Rolex Oyster watch. The case measures 32 x 32mm with 18mm lugs, with an Oyster Patent crown. The case is signed Rolex, 20 World’s Records, RWCLtd. (Rolex Watch Company Limited), hallmarked Glasgow 1931 and numbered. The manual wind, Prima movement is signed Rolex, Swiss, numbered, with 16 jewels. The white enamel dial has black Arabic numerals, with subsidiary seconds and fine blued steel ‘Breguet’ hands. The dial is signed Rolex Oyster above the centre.
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.