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This antique Rolex watch travelled the world until it found its final destination in Australia, and having just come back from a full service, it runs as beautiful today as when it was made. Rolex often made watches that were retailed through jewellers around the world, such as Tiffany in America, Bucherer in Switzerland, and of course Saunders in Australia. This allowed the respective companies to sign the dial with their name such as this one that was sold by Saunders. Although the writing is somewhat worn, it is still legible and adds to the character of the watch as well as being a part of Australian watch and jewellery history. The beautiful gold case measures 27mm across plus the crown and was made in 9 carat rose gold that has that wonderful warm colour to it that looks even better on the wrist and adds to the beauty of a watch that was made over 100 years ago. It has British import hallmarks for 1914, meaning that once the case and movement was imported into England from Switzerland, it had by law to go through the assay office where it was hallmarked confirming the purity of the gold. From there it was sent to its final destination of Australia, where Saunders then put their name and details on the dial. Early Rolex watches such as this one often had a standout feature from other watches, in that although they were all using enamel dials that remain as white today as when they were made, Rolex were the first to have all the numbers in black, except for the 12 which was in red. This gives such an incredible contrast to both the numerals and the dial and was a "signature" Rolex look even more so as they themselves didn't sign their name on these early dials. Inside the watch is powered by a 15 jewelled manual wind movement that has just come back from a complete service and comes with our twelve month warranty, and is fitted on a lovely black band that will allow this watch to be worn with any outfit of any colour. Nothing beats an antique, and nothing beats an antique Rolex watch that is a true piece of Australia's past. Stock# W1832 Maker: Rolex Retailer: Saunders (Australia) Circa: 1914 $Sold.
This ladies Rolex watch was made in the Art Deco era in the early 1920's and has such a beautiful design to it that is reminiscent of the time. Made in 9 carat rose gold, the octagonal case measures 23.8mm across plus the crown and the dial has a beautiful tone to it that is complimented so well by the rose gold. With elegant numerals and hands that are so easy to read, the warm colour from the case and band look even better against the skin and day or night, this watch will always look divine. Inside the watch is powered by a manual wind 15 jewelled movement that has been completely serviced and comes with our twelve month warranty. Fitted on a 9 carat rose gold band, the band is just as exciting as the watch in that it has springs between each of the links allowing it to sit nice and close to the wrist, combined with the fact that as it can easily stretch, it can fit nearly any wrist without needing adjusting or making smaller. The condition of the band is still in superb condition with all of the springs so nice and tight it is fitted with a safety catch at the end for added security. As elegant today as when it was made, this antique Rolex watch is sure to become a treasured item. Stock# W1826 Maker: Rolex Circa: 1920 $Sold
In recent years, the popularity and desire for vintage Rolex watches has skyrocketed and this is no longer just for the sports models such as the Submariner and GMT, but also the true classic Rolex watches, such as this stylish vintage Rolex 1601. This iconic model was made in 1977 and is the traditional 36mm case made in stainless steel and is fitted with the white gold bezel as well as the Sigma dial. First a bit about the sigma dial. Looking at the bottom of this dial, you will note that on each side of the T Swiss T, there is the Greek letter, sigma which can be seen here â€“ Ã“. What this subtle yet important mark designates, is that the hands and index markers are in solid gold. Used by approximately seven watch companies in Switzerland from 1970, it was among its main reason to signify when gold parts were on the dial to subsequently add to both the financial and intrinsic value of a watch. It is this small but important feature that separates this vintage Rolex from many others and will always be a fantastic conversation starter. Inside is the 26 jewelled automatic Rolex calibre 1570 that has been serviced, runs great and comes with our twelve month warranty and is fitted on a replacement Rolex Jubilee band that dates from 2003. In wonderful condition with a look and style that has never gone out of fashion, this is a brilliant vintage Rolex with history and style. Stock# W1796cc Maker: Rolex Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust reference 1601 Circa: 1977 $Sold.
There is something so special about vintage Rolex watches, and here is a very handsome vintage 1955 14ct gold Rolex Oyster reference 6567 watch. Just back from a full service, this Rolex is in brilliant condition and comes with its original Rolex box and Rolex service papers. The watch case measures 34mm across plus the Rolex screw down crown and looks so smart and elegant on the wrist. Don't think that 34mm is a small watch as it is surprising how much larger this watch looks on the wrist and it will look so stylish with any suit. Inside is the brilliant and highly reliable 25 jewelled automatic Rolex calibre 1030 that is fitted with the butterfly rotor. So-called as the rotor somewhat looks like butterfly wings, this movement is such a highly regarded movement by Rolex. Perfect for anyone who has been after a vintage Rolex, this 1955 Rolex is just perfect. Stock# W1169 Maker: Rolex Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual reference 6567 Circa: 1955 $Sold.
Here is the great looking 18ct gold and steel mid-size Rolex model 68273 that looks so good on the wrist thanks to its size and also the quite hard to find Roman dial. The Rolex Roman dial has index markers and as the name applies Roman numerals. This combined with the date window and iconic Rolex date window bubble magnifier, all come together to create a great looking Rolex watch that looks as good during the day as it does during the night. The Rolex Oyster case measures 30mm across plus the Rolex screw down crown and is made in stainless steel and with the 18ct gold Rolex bezel. Fitted on the Rolex Jubilee band in 18ct gold and stainless steel, inside is the 29 jewelled automatic Rolex calibre 2135 that has just come back from a full service and comes with our twelve month warranty. This is considered the mid-size for Rolex and suits women who are after a larger Rolex watch than the ladies size, but not as large as the gents Datejust size, or for a man with a slender wrist who is not after a large oversized watch. All in all, this is a great looking Rolex watch and one that looks fantastic with the Rolex Roman dial. Stock# W746 Maker: Rolex Model: Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust reference 68273 Circa: 1987 $Sold
There is something about a vintage Rolex on your wrist, whether it be the look, style or history or indeed a combination of all of these things and here is a great looking vintage Rolex Precision reference 9083 fitted in the so-called UFO case. Dating from 1957, this Rolex Precision has the riveted Rolex band fitting into the case so well, and the band itself is in such great condition with no flex as would be expected from a Rolex watch of this vintage. The case is referred to as the UFO case, as it was made in 1950's when there was so much hype about little green men from outer space and this combined with its original honeycomb textured dial all come together to really sit and look so elegant on the wrist. Measuring 35mm across plus the Rolex crown, the dial is all original and achieved a wonderful patina that only age can do, making it look even more elegant and refined. Inside there is the brilliant 17 jewelled manual wind Rolex calibre 1210 which has an astonishing 58 hour power reserve and comes with our twelve month warranty. No matter when this watch is worn, it will always have the feel and look that only a vintage Rolex watch can have and will always be admired every time that it is worn. Stock# W1295 Maker: Rolex Model: Vintage Rolex Precision reference 9083 Circa: 1957 $Sold.