Details about RARE ANTIQUE W&D ROLEX REBBERG DEPOSE 15J WATCH MOVEMENT/DIAL (c. Early 1910's)See original listing
30 Oct, 2012 22:01:26 GMT
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Sylvan Lake, MI, United States
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WILSDORF & DAVIS REBBERG DEPOSE ROLEX
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Antique (pre 1920)
W&D REBBERG DEPOSE 117
VERY RARE EARLY ROLEX WILSDORF & DAVIS REBBERG DEPOSE 117
MOVEMENT/DIAL & HANDS FOR RESTORATION
Early Wilsdorf & Davis (Founders of ROLEX) wrist watch movement, with original dial and hands for restoration project.
This one has hope for a beautiful future!!
Movement was not running, but I removed the dial to photograph and when I was re-assembling- I noticed that it really wanted to try to run. I tried to gently remove as much dust and debris as possible and as long as I have kept it at a 45 degree angle with the dial facing up- it runs! It has been running for over an hour now... :)
If I move it from the 45 degree angle- it stops. This info may help you to determine what the mechanical hang-ups may be...
It measures 25.5mm across the dial side and is marked:
"REBBERG DEPOSE 117" under the dial.
The movement is marked:
"W&D SWISS MADE 15 JEWELS".
I believe that- tragically, the case was melted for the gold value and the rest of it was left to perish...
Dial is pretty beat up with some chips that have been touched up a bit and hairlines, which are visible in the photos...being sold as-is.
This one could be really fantastic in skilled hands.
Just for your reading and history pleasure- I am including the following information for your reading... It is a bit long, but really neat information...
A BIT OF W&D HISTORY…
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 watch cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were sold to jewelers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from Wilsdorf and Davis were usually hallmarked "W&D" inside the case back.
In 1908, Wilsdorf registered the trademark "Rolex" and opened an office in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. The company name "Rolex" was registered on 15 November 1915. The book The Best of Time: Rolex Wristwatches: An Unauthorized History by Jeffrey P. Hess and James, Dowling says that the name was just made up. One story, never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the name came from the French phrase “horlogerie exquise”, meaning "exquisite clockwork" or as a contraction of "horological excellence". Wilsdorf was said to want his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. He also thought that the name "Rolex" was onomatopoeic, sounding like a watch being wound. It is easily pronounceable in many languages and, as all letters have the same size, allows to be written symmetrically. It was also short enough to fit on the face of a watch.
In 1919, Wilsdorf left England due to wartime taxes levied on luxury imports as well as export duties on the silver and gold used for the watch cases driving costs too high and 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. Upon the death of his wife in 1944, Wilsdorf established the Hans Wilsdorf 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.
One website offers this very eloquent statement:
“For many buyers, simply holding an immaculately presented Wilsdorf & Davis era Rolex from 1915 or 1916 in their hands, knowing that it represents the very humble beginnings in London of what has developed into a worldwide household name, would be worth the price premium they would have to pay over the amount needed to acquire a similarly specified model of the same age by one of the less well known houses.”Please feel free to send me a message with any questions/comments.
Thanks a BUNCH and have a beautiful day!! :)
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