A watch introduced in 1926 as the very first waterproof and dustproof watch. In 1927 a young swimmer Miss Mercedes Gleitz swam the English Channel wearing the “Oyster”. Later in 1933 the team of the first expedition to fly over Everest wore them. It was also famously worn by Sir Malcolm Campbell, “king of speed”, on the 4th September 1935. An advert of the time made a big splash with him saying “The Rolex watch is still keeping perfect time- I was wearing it yesterday when Bluebird exceeded 300 mph” He broke the world land speed record 9 times between 1924 and 1936. Sir John Hunt’s expedition, in 1953 saw Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reach the summit of Mount Everest, equipped with Oyster Perpetuals.
Here we have a Rolex Oyster Royal 32mm stainless steel Oyster case. The tapering lugs gently curve over your wrist with a 39mm lug to lug length and 10mm thickness ensures a comfortable fit. A button crown can be found on the right. The polished bezel holds a domed crystal. Its white dial has even patina around the Arabic numeral indexes marking the hours. Elegant leaf gilt hands are complemented by a fine center sweeping seconds hand with a lollipop balance. The text is printed well. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down case back. Inside a Manually Wound Rolex Cal. 710, 17 Jewels, 18,000 beats per hour. The Cal. 710 was also known as the Gruen 827 and was made by Aegler, who were established in Biel/Bienne in 1878 by Jean Aegler. Hans Wilsdorf came up with the name Rolex in 1908. After securing a large order of watches from Aegler he pushed him to have Rolex on the dial, Aegler was not too happy about this but eventually backed down. In 1913 Aegler registered Rolex as a trademark for the manufacture of watches and watch parts. The movement is high grade and was built with Super-Shock-Resist. Fitted on a 17 mm quick release leather strap. Comes with its original Rolex presentation box.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Rolex presentation box, no original paperwork is with the watch. The watch comes paired on a nice fitted 17mm leather strap with quick release. The watch is from Circa. 1957 and is in worn vintage condition, but overall very good as you can see. The watch is in all original condition. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
A stunning watch by Rolex and from a vintage line that is still incredibly affordable for what it is comparative to the sky-high prices we are seeing from almost all other Rolex models. The dial of this is original and looks incredible with just the right amount of patina, in my opinion, a real gem.