Hans Wilsdorf founded Rolex in 1905 at the age of 24, along with Alfred Davis in London. In 1919 they moved their operation to Geneva, Switzerland. This move was brought about by high wartime taxes on Gold and Silver in the UK after the Great war 1914-1918. They were now closer to their suppliers in Bienne.
The Rolex Oyster case was released in 1926. Marketed as the world's first “waterproof” watch. The notches on the bezel and case back meant they could be screwed down to the middle case with a special tool invented and manufactured by Rolex to hermetically seal the case. 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. 1931 saw the debut of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual, their first self-winding watch that was also water-resistant and dustproof. The Oyster Perpetual 1013 was first introduced in 1965.
Our 1978 Rolex Oyster Perpetual 18K 1013 has a 36mm Oyster case in solid 18k yellow gold. The slender case has a subtle curve towards the lugs with a lug to lug length of 43.5mm and a thickness of 11.5mm ensuring a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the right side, a signed crown. A fluted 18k yellow gold bezel adds character to the watch creating impressive wrist presence. Flat plexiglass sits above a gold sunburst dial. Applied gold baton indexes catch the light as you rotate your wrist. Tritium lume pips sit atop of the indexes marking the hours. Slim bevelled edged baton hands are complemented with a tapered sweeping centre seconds hand. At 12 o’clock an applied Rolex crown. On the reverse, a coin-edged screw-down gold case back. Inside an automatic Rolex Cal. 1570, 26 jewels, 19,800 beats per hour. The watch comes fitted on its original 18k yellow gold 20mm Oyster bracelet with brushed outer links and polished centre links secured on the wrist by a signed folding clasp.
Points of Mention
This watch is sold as "Watch Only", however it does come with its original COSC Certificate, the watch comes with no original box or additional paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original 18ct Yellow Gold Rolex signed rivet bracelet with folding clasp, the bracelet length will fit a **cm wrist. The watch is from Circa. 1978, based on the serial numbers, and is sold in worn, vintage condition, but overall very fair condition as you can see. The watch comes with our 12-Months NON-Waterproof Warranty.
Easily one of THE most underrated vintage Rolex models out there, especially when you consider the price of a solid 18ct gold Datejust or Day/Date, this is arguably far rarer and even more so in this condition with its original rivet bracelet which is worth a pretty penny on its own! Be sure to take a look at that dial, it is incredible, paired with the beautiful tone of the gold, it just works so well on the wrist!