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Rolex Rolex Oyster Royal with Rolex Service Papers NWW 2139

Rolex Oyster Royal with Rolex Service Papers

Excellent condition, just returned from a service hand winding Rolex Oyster Royal. The Oyster Royal is a gents watch but is one of the smaller size models, reference 6144 and is 32 mm wide. It dates to 1964. It comes with some Rolex paperwork from a service carried out by Rolex UK in Bexley in 1987. It comes on the original Rolex Oyster bracelet. The dial is in outstanding condition for its age with very little patina to it. The hands are likewise in good condition showing some patina to the blued steel. Has a large, oversized screw down Oyster crown, screw on case back and acrylic crystal. The movement is hand winding an in mint condition, runs perfectly.

Movement: Hand winding
Caliber: Rolex
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Case material: Stainless steel
Crown: Oyster Screw Down
Case Back: Screw Down
Bracelet: Oyster, riveted links, 12 links suitable for 7.5 to 8 inch wrist
Clasp: Folding clasp, signed Rolex
Dial colour: Off white/cream with Arabic numerals
Crystal: Acrylic
Water resistance: Not tested, but vintage watch should not be in water
Dimensions: 32 mm excluding crown, 35 mm including crown, 38 mm lug to lug and 11 mm thick

Key Characteristics

Brand: Rolex
Band: Steel Bracelet
Case Material: Steel
Condition: Excellent
Movement: Hand Winding
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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.