This auction is for a scarce and rare type example of a men’s ca 1939 timepiece.
Vintage 1939 Men's Wrist Watch.
Offered here is a rare ROLEX Vintage wristwatch.
MODEL: Wristwatch re-cased from pocket watch.
DIAL: This gorgeous, men’s watch is a very handsome specimen and features ENGRAVED METAL DIAL in EXCELLENT condition (RE-FINISHED). With white color engraved numbers. Signed "ROLEX 8 Days".
HANDS: Original Brequet-style hands. Excellent condition.
CASE MADE OF: The three piece stainless steel case (heavy) that provides with Exibition snap back lid. Stainless Steel case, new custom made, fantastic, build specially for this excellent Rolex movement and in excellent condition.
MECHANISM: ORIGINAL RARE 8 Days movement. Signed "ROLEX 8 Days Swiss Made" wih serial number #74751 (This serial number dates this watch to 1939 as per published production numbers).
Working very good, very clean. This beautiful wristwatch has the original movement in an excellent status which was very well saved, considering age of this watch. Mechanism has been recently serviced to ensure it winds and sets smoothly while keeping great, accurate time.
GLASS/CRYSTAL: ORIGINAL MINERAL GLASS.
BAND: It is comes with a new 20mm genuine HIGHT QUALITY leather strap.
Case wide (with crown): 54 mm
Case wide (without crown): 47 mm
Original mineral glass size: 43 mm
Long from lug to lug: 57 mm
Thickness: 13 mm
All mechanisms are serviceable new oiled and adjusted. Very rare and a pride for every collector!
Brief Brand History for Rolex:
In 1905 Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law Alfred Davis founded "Wilsdorf and Davis" in London. Their main business at the time was importing Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placing them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked "W&D" inside the caseback.
In 1908 Wilsdorf registered the mark "Rolex" and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company name "Rolex" was registered on 15 November 1915. The word was made up, and its origin is obscure. Wilsdorf was said to want his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the name came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning "exquisite clockwork". Another story claims that "rolex" was meant to evoke the sound of a watch being wound. The book The Best of Time: Rolex Wrist Watches by Jeffrey P. Hess and James Dowling says that the name was just made up. The Book A Movement in Time with Breitling & Rolex by Mark A Cooper states that the name came from the partner Alfred Davis and not Wilsdorf. Alfred Davis was a Rolls Royce driver and loved the quality of the car, something he wanted with Rolex. He used the name Rol and then added the popular watch name at the time 'TIMEX' to make the word Rolex Yacht-Master IIn 1919 Wilsdorf moved the company to Geneva, Switzerland where it was established as the Rolex Watch Company. Its name was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA, and finally Rolex, SA. The company moved out of the United Kingdom because taxes and export duties on the case metals (silver and gold) were driving costs up.
Upon the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf established the Hans Wildorf Foundation in which he left all of his Rolex shares, making sure that some of the company's income would go to charity. The company is still owned by a private trust, and shares are not traded on any stock exchange.
In December 2008 the abrupt departure of Chief Executive, Patrick Heiniger, for “personal reasons”, was followed by a denial by the company that it had lost SwFr1 billion invested with Bernard Madoff, the American asset manager who pleaded guilty to a $50 billion fraud.
ABOUT WATCH: EXCELLENT working, rare, vintage and collectible. Very good cosmetic condition.
Thank You For Bidding and Good Luck!
Recommendations for the owner of antiquarian watches:
All Antique watches are mechanical. Many repairs will not be cheap, as most likely they will require replacement of non-standard parts (unlike most late model watches).
- Antique watches should not be beaten or dropped - because repairs may be expensive.
- Antique watches are generally NOT waterproof. This is because waterproofing was not in general production until the middle of the 20th century for most watches. Therefore you should protect your antique watch from exposure to moisture.
- If your watch becomes wet it should be dried off quickly. Carefully open all covers and use a hair drier to blow dry the movement, dial, covers, crown. This will reduce the amount of rust.
- If your watch becomes wet with any kind of salt water you should immediately immerse or spray your watch with fresh (no-salt) water to remove all the salt from the works before drying the watch completely. Any salt left in the watch will combine with moisture in the air to rust metal components of the movement, case etc.
- Winding any mechanical watch tight may break the mainspring. If you can avoid it do not wind the watch hard.
- When adjusting the hands of your watch, move them in a clockwise direction only. Counter-clockwise adjustments may damage the movement.
- If you must adjust counter-clockwise make it for small adjustments only (i.e. for minutes, NOT hours).
- Be careful and gentle when adjusting the movement speed (faster or slower). Don't make sharp movements, and don't touch other components in the movement especially the pendulum mechanism.
- Every 2-3 years it is necessary to service and oil vintage watches.
- IF the watch is dirty - allow the watch to run down, don't wind it again until you have it serviced by a qualified watch repair expert. Dust will absorb and remove important lubricants and cause the movement pieces to wear down.
- To clean the case, dial and crystal you should use a cloth that does NOT leave fibers as these may get caught up in the movement. Check with your Watch repair expert to get an appropriate cloth.
- Keep your antiques watch away from magnets. Strong magnetic fields may affect the accuracy of your watch since some vintage watches were made with iron based components in the movement.
- Most Cases and Covers are fine components and will not handle abuse well. The watch should not be shaken, beaten, or stressed.
- Antique watches generally experience an error of up to 5-7 minutes a day. Any accuracy of +- 5 minutes is very good.
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING BEFORE BIDDING:
Vintage watches are very delicate and I package to the highest degree to prevent damage.
High altitude flights can be hard on watches due to extreme temperature changes. This can cause the oil viscosity to decrease (gum up) and prevent a watch from ticking (the balance moving freely etc.). It may need to be oiled when it arrives regardless of its recent servicing (if applicable). Although this is only a very slight possibility it can occasionally happen.
Please bear in mind that you are buying a used watch and it will require service at some point in time.
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