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Rolex 1926 Rare Very Early Oyster Vintage Mens Stainless Steel Wat

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Condition Pre-owned
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Available now
Expected delivery
Sep 23, 2020 - Oct 1, 2020
Payment Method
Bank transfer

Reviews: 153
This dealer is from Suwanee, United States of America.
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Basic Info

Listing number 64U2H5
Reference number 6619
Brand Rolex
Code 6619
Movement Manual winding
Case material Steel
Bracelet material Lizard skin
Year of production 1926
Condition Very good (Worn with little to no signs of wear)
Scope of delivery
No original box, no original papers
Gender Men's watch/Unisex
Location United States of America, Georgia, Suwanee


Movement Manual winding
Number of jewels 15


Case material Steel
Case diameter 32 x 38 mm
Bezel material Steel
Crystal Mineral Glass
Dial Silver
Dial numerals Arabic numerals


Bracelet material Lizard skin
Bracelet color Black


1926 ROLEX Rare Very Early Oyster Vintage Mens Stainless Steel Watch - One of the Earliest Oysters Made

One of the Earliest Oysters Ever Made - Fine & Very Rare -  Fully Rolex with Original Crown

Today's offering showcases this fine and very rare early Rolex Oyster, made while the company was building its early Oyster line.

Presumably built very close to the creation of very first Oyster in 1926, this Oyster has the lowest serial number we have seen for this reference, and it likely is one of the earliest Rolex Oysters made.

Without question one of the company's greatest contributions to horology is in the area of waterproof cases. The Rolex Oyster case birthed the idea of the modern sport watch as we know it and was a key catalyst for the initial widespread acceptance of the wristwatch.

Several events worked to greatly popularize the watch: Sir Malcolm Campbell's land speed record attempt where he achieved a speed of 272 mpg, all done while wearing perfectly functioning Oyster. And, of course, perhaps the most well-known early event in the company's history: Mercedes Gleitz's English Channel swim wearing an Oyster. Following the historic event, Rolex took out a full-page ad in the Daily Mail introducing the Oyster.

Unlike many watches from this style from this era, it is not a small boys size watch. While not large, it is mens size that measures 32mm without the crown, and the large crown adds another 4mm.

It is fully Rolex down to its original onion style crown and original hands and even has a mineral glass crystal. It even still has its original lead waterproofing gasket. It's a really honest watch.

Note that we cleaned the case in an ultrasonic since the photos were taken. It presents much cleaner now.

Its chrome plated Oyster case with screw down bezel is in original condition. It presents nicely on the wrist and shows spots of wear to the underside.

At first look its dial appears original...but after careful examination I think it's a very nice and very old restoration, nearly as old as the watch. The lacquer has turned a sepia tone from the effects of radium and aging. Powering the watch is its Rolex caliber 885 handwound movement.

Interestingly the back shows a serial no: 20,251 what appears to be factory stamped over 47,621 and the movement plate marked jewels has an area factory marked out in X's.

One of our watchmakers has just disassembled it down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement. It continues to run extraordinarily accurately. For the finishing touch we have installed a brand new Teju lizard strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment.

Included with the purchase is a one-year C.O.T. warranty on the movement and its function, a custom printed Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity, and a new timing certificate attesting to its performance.

Detailed Appraisal:

Manufacturer: Rolex

Country of origin: Switzerland

Serial no: 20,251 what appears to be factory stamped over 47,621

Year built: c. 1926

Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds

Designed for: Men

Case material: Chrome plated

Case condition: Honest original condition. It does not appear to have ever been polished and it presents nicely on the wrist. The back has spots of wear and the wrench grooves on the back and bezel are strong and undamaged, which is uncommon.

Crown: Original Rolex screw-down onion crown with good threads

Dial: Silver, signed Oyster, luminous Arabic numerals, railroad minute track, top lacquer coating has warmed to a sepia tone. At first look its dial appears original, but after careful examination it may be a very nice and very old restoration, nearly as old as the watch.

Dimensions: 32mm wide (excluding crown - the crown adds another approx. 4mm) by 38mm long lug tip to tip

Hands: Original, blue steel, luminous

Movement type: Rolex, manually wound, nickel finished, correctly signed, 15-jewel lever movement with Breguet overcoil hairspring, index regulator

Band: Teju lizard, fully stitched, padded, brand new and unworn.

We also stock a variety of others straps in various prints, skins, and colors. Please ask us if you're interested.

Width between lugs: 16mm

Crystal type: Mineral glass, excellent condition

Serviced: One of our watchmakers has just disassembled it down to the last screw and cleaned and oiled the movement. It continues to run extraordinarily accurately.

Timing: Timed to precision on a state-of-the-art computerized system.

Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of watchmakers both of whom each have over forty years of experience and a large number of parts.

Warranty: 1-year international warranty. Please message us for details.

Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate

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Suwanee, GA 30024
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