Rolex Rolex Lady Oyster Perpetual 18k ROL 731
Rolex Lady Oyster Perpetual 18k
Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual automatic wristwatch model reference 6619 in 18 karat yellow gold. It has just had a complete service and is in excellent running order. The bracelet has been scrapped at some point in its life as there is some bracelet rub between the lugs when the strap is removed. This cannot be seen though as the strap hides it. However part of the serial number is eroded due to the bracelet rub so hard to determine the age. It is an acrylic crystal and slightly older style so at a guess late 1960’s to early 1970’s. It is a classic oyster case with screw down crown and fluted 18karat gold bezel. The crown is signed with the Rolex crown and has a screw on case back. The dial is champagne colour, it appears more gold in the pictures but is in fact a more pearly colour. It is a thick case but still a small ladies classic looking watch. Small dent to case back and some patina to the dial, all visible in the pictures. Comes on replacement black leather strap. Width is 26 mm excluding crown, 28 mm including the crown, 32 mm lug to lug and 12 mm thick
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Rolex SA was founded in 1905 by the German Hans Wilsdorf and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis. Contrary to popular belief, Hans Wilsdorf was neither Swiss, nor a watchmaker. Wilsdorf & Davis was the original name of what later became the Rolex Watch Company. They originally imported Hermann Aegler's Swiss movements to England and placed them in quality cases made by Dennison and others. These early wristwatches were then sold to jewellers, who then put their own names on the dial. The earliest watches from the firm of Wilsdorf and Davis are usually marked "W&D" – inside the caseback only. Hans Wilsdorf registered the trademark name "Rolex" in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland during 1908. The word was made up, but its origin is obscure. One story, which was never confirmed by Wilsdorf, is that the word "Rolex" came from the French phrase horlogerie exquise, meaning exquisite watch industry. The Wilsdorf & Davis company moved out of Great Britain in 1912. Wilsdorf wanted his watches to be affordable, but taxes and export duties on the case metals (silver and gold) were driving costs up. From that time to the present, Rolex has been headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, though the company owns facilities in other cities (Bienne, etc) and continents (North America, Asia, Australia, etc). The company name Rolex was officially registered on 15 November 1915. It is thought this change was part of a drive to popularize wristwatches, which at the time were still considered a novelty largely for women (pocket watches were more common). Wilsdorf was said to desire his watch brand's name to be easily pronounceable in any language. The company name was officially changed to the Rolex Watch Company during 1919. It was later changed to Montres Rolex, SA and finally Rolex, SA. Rolex SA is a foundation initiated and originally funded by Hans Wilsdorf and the Aegler family. According to foundation documentation, the Rolex SA company can never be sold, nor traded on any stock market.