Mens Collectable 1948 Rolex Vintage Exceptional Watch Military Style, 17j For Sale
BRIEF MAIN INFORMATION
This is a MARRIAGE watch. A marriage watch is the term used for a new, modern case that has been used to house a vintage pocket watch movement. Please read the sizes of this watch in the description.
The authentic ROLEX movement is 100% ORIGINAL from 1948.
The movement is running superbly and keeping good time, recently serviced.
NEW steel dial (non ROLEX) was made in 2013.
NEW chromed steel case with the front rotated bezel (non ROLEX) was made in 2013.
The gently domed ACRYLIC CRYSTAL is in excellent condition.
SHIPPING: Worldwide – FREE.
PAYMENT: PAYPAL within 7 days.
RETURNS: I provide 100% refunds within 60 days from date of sale ending, no questions asked and without opening the case in Resolution Center and negative or neutral response from your side.
UNIQUE AND RARE EXAMPLE OF TIMEPIECE
VERY BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE WATCH 1948
VERY BEAUTIFUL MECHANICAL WORK
If you have been collecting watches for a while I think you’re going to appreciate the following timepiece. I am pleased to offer for sale this gent’s marriage watch features STEEL DIAL, CHROMED STEEL CASE and HIGH GRADE original pocket watch FULLY (17) JEWELS MECHANISM with GENEVA PATTERN, THREE FINGER BRIDGE, END-PIECES of ANOTHER STEEL for the ESCAPE WHEEL, SWAN NECK MICROMETER REGULATOR and BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING that was made by the venerable ROLEX Watch Company in 1948.
Brief Brand History for Rolex:
On the 22nd of March 1881, Mr Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the Rolex Watch Company, was born.
Hans Wilsdorf (1881 - 1960)
Sadly orphaned by the age of 12, he continued on with a full education at a leading boarding school in Switzerland and after leaving secured his first job as an apprentice in a large firm of pearl importers. However, it was due to friendship, struck while at school, that would see Mr Wilsdorf enter the world of watches. His friend turned to him one day and said,
‘When we’re finished with all this school business, you’d better come and join us. We export watches all over the world’
So it was that Hans Wilsdorf, at an age of 19, started work as an English correspondent and clerk with the firm of Messrs. Cuno Korten in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. His friend earlier comment had been no idle boast, as this firm was a very large exporter of watches with a turnover of nearly Frs1m a year. It was in this position that Mr Wilsdorf interest in watches was undoubtedly sparked. As he commented, ‘it provided an excellent opportunity to study the watch making industry closely and examine every type of watch produced both in Switzerland and abroad’
By 1903 Mr Wilsdorf had settled in London working for another watch making firm. After gaining experience from this and his previous employment and growing in self confidence he set about to established his own firm. With financial help from his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, the company known as ‘Wilsdorf and Davis’ was foundered.
The firm did not initially produce wristwatches because wristwatches were not thought masculine by the public and also the technical difficulties that many watch makers believed existed in trying to make this type of timepiece. Such problems as the difficulty of producing a movement small enough to be housed in a case to be worn on the wrist and the likely hood of moisture and dust entering this case and thereby ruining movement were cited. However, unlike other producers of wristwatches, this was not to deter Mr Wilsdorf.
The first stumbling block was surmounted with the acquaintance of Hermann Aegler. While working in La Chaux-de-Fonds Mr Wilsdorf had come to hear of this gentlemen and his ability to produce rough movements that would be small and cheap enough to be used in the production of wristwatches. In 1905, Mr Wilsdorf, full of conviction of the possibilities of the wrist watch, placed an order worth several hundred thousand French Francs for these movements, an order which at this time was the largest ever booked.
The second difficulty in producing this type of watch, a case impenetrable to moisture and dust, was not to be achieved for another twenty years. But, in the meantime, one of the major events in Rolex history occurred.
Although the firm was very successful being known as Wilsdorf and Davis, Mr Wilsdorf sort to establish a trade name that would identify the company and the products that it made.
Therefore, on 2nd July 1908 the now famous name of ‘Rolex’ was coined. There are many speculations as to the precise meaning of this name, to which I will not add, but what is known is that this name was chosen for very sound reasons. Mr Wilsdorf wanted a name that was, ‘short, yet significant, not cumbersome on the dial (thus leaving room enough for the inscription of the English traders name) and above all a word easy enough to memorise, with a pleasant sound and have its pronunciation unchanged whatever European language it is spoken’.
The gorgeous, STEEL DIAL is in excellent to mint condition, truly without flaw.
It features a crisp 60 minute inner track with black main Arabic numerals and red sub-numbering, skeleton steel hands with luminous fill and a recessed sub-seconds dial with 60 second outer chapter and “sweep” steel seconds hand. The new dial has been professionally updated, and now is in excellent condition. Also the dial has big red Arabic numerals and hour markers on the front rotated bezel. Signed ROLEX with trademark ROLEX symbol above this below the 12.
It is a registered design model that features a three piece CHROMED STEEL case with front rotated bezel. This watch was converted from pocket watch. CHROMED STEEL case, new custom made, fantastic, build specially for this excellent ROLEX movement. The winding crown in very good shape and operates properly. Turning the watch over I note that the back lid is nice and clean. The gently domed ACRYLIC CRYSTAL is in excellent condition.
Peeking inside I find a spotless and high quality, FULLY (17) JEWELS nickel-finished movement with GENEVA PATTERN, THREE FINGER BRIDGE, END-PIECES of ANOTHER STEEL for the ESCAPE WHEEL, SWAN NECK MICROMETER REGULATOR and BLUE BREGUET BALANCE SPRING.
The number of jewels used in watch movements increased over the last 150 years as jewelling grew less expensive and watches grew more accurate. The only bearings that really need to be jeweled in a watch are the ones in the going train - the gear train that transmits force from the mainspring barrel to the balance wheel - since only they are constantly under force from the mainspring. The wheels that turn the hands (the motion work) and the calendar wheels are not under load, while the ones that wind the mainspring (the keyless work) are used very seldom, so they do not wear significantly. Friction has the greatest effect in the wheels that move the fastest, so they benefit most from jewelling. So the first mechanism to be jeweled in watches was the balance wheel pivots, followed by the escapement. As more jeweled bearings were added, they were applied to slower moving wheels, and jewelling progressed up the going train toward the barrel. A 17 jewel watch has every bearing from the balance wheel to the mainspring barrel jeweled, so it was considered a 'fully jeweled' watch.
The bridge holds the escape wheel is furnished with a ANOTHER STEEL END PIECE. This end piece is used to minimize the axial clearance of the wheel arbor and enhances the precision of this important element of the escapement. End jewels also protect the stuffs from dirt and dust.
The movement is signed ROLEX – SEVENTEEN 17 JEWELS – FIVE 5 ADJ. Also is signed the movement serial number #567,392. This serial number dates this watch to 1948 as per published production numbers.
This beautiful wristwatch has the ORIGINAL ROLEX 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.
It is fitted on a new 20mm brown genuine leather strap with contrasting white stitching and chrome steel buckle that is vintage style and goes great with this wonderful watch.
Diameter (with 53.00 mm
Diameter (without crown): 48.00 mm
Watch crystal diameter: 42.00 15.00 mm
This beautiful and fully restored men’s watch winds and sets smoothly while keeping accurate time.
Because of the vintage nature of the watch I cannot guarantee its absolute time keeping accuracy even if they are in good running condition and in some rare occasions may require additional adjustment.
Always an EXTRA FINE watches at a Price!!!If you like rare, antique, unique and collectible vintage wristwatches or pocket watches (or just enjoy learning about all the different watch makers and models) I suggest you bookmark this page or add me to your "Favorite Sellers" list. I always have beautiful pristine timepieces for sale ending Monday. Now on for 7 Years! Recommendations for the owner of vintage 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.
PAYMENTBuyer must notify me within 24 hrs of sale close as to how and when he or she intends to pay. Winning buyers must fully pay within 7 days of the sale. After 7 days the piece will be relisted and appropriate action taken against the non-paying buyer. I participate in the Non-Paying buyer program. Do not offer if you are not going to pay for your sale. I prefer PAYPAL but another methods are also accepted with prior approval. Please contact me FIRST BEFORE sending a cheque to get full address. Zero response and negative response buyers must first email me BEFORE offerding. All I need is a brief courtesy email telling me who you are and how you would intend to pay if you where successful. I reserve the right to cancel any offers on this sale.
SELLING POLICIES100% satisfaction guarantee for all of my watches. If you are in any way unsatisfied with the watch I will fully refund the purchase price anytime within 60 days after the watch has been received. My goal is to exceed my client's expectations throughout the buying experience. I and my team stand behind our products, if for any reason you'll receive your product damaged or in non-functioning condition, please contact us immediately via email BEFORE leaving your response, we'll gladly assist you in any way we can. Your satisfaction is important to me. To be fair to all buyers, I make it my practice never to end an sale early. I prefer not to use buy it now. I have many repeat customers who want my watches just as much as you do. Buy it now will only be considered for a relisted sale. Vintage watches are very delicate and I package to the highest degree to prevent damage. To clarify all my items are Vintage or Antique and as such should Not be expected to be like a New or Quartz watch in any way whatsoever! Please bear in mind that you are buying a used watch and it will require service at some point in time. If you have any questions after reading the description or viewing the pictures please email me PRIOR to offerding. The watch in pictures is the actual watch that You will receive. I want you to feel safe and satisfied with the purchase of your item on . After receiving the returned item, I will make a full refund for your original payment.
SHIPPINGInternational shipments worldwide will sent via International Air Mail fully insured (shipping and handling to all locations in the world is FREE). Items will be shipped to confirmed address on . Please check with if your address is confirmed. Please allow 10 to 14 days for delivery to all locations worldwide. We pack all items well but some antique watches are just not made to travel at today's speed and may need set up and possibly adjustment after shipping and because of that I'm sorry but can not guarantee function or accuracy after shipping. You know that parcels go to Italy very long. Sometimes approx 2-3 weeks, sometimes near month and more. Be ready for these terms. California State residents (and those with shipping addresses in California State) add 8,75% sales tax. Import duties, taxes and charges are not included in the item price or shipping charges. Prior to offerding, check your country's customs regulations to determine any additional costs. For all shipments the value of the item will be declared lower than the sale price for custom duties. Also I will mark item as "gift". The taxes should be minimal. Dear buyers, we kindly ask you: Please, do not offer if you are not fully commited to purchase this item! I and my team honor Contracts and expect the same from my clients! THANK YOU FOR LOOKING!
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