The Rolex Oyster with its now iconic case shape was the world’s first waterproof watch. This was demonstrated in 1927 when Mercedes Gleitze wore one as she attempted to be the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
That event also marked the starting point of one of the world’s most successful brand positioning strategies. Since Gleitze’s swim – which was followed by people all over the world – countless athletes and other celebrities have been seen wearing Rolex watches. The brand is immediately recognised, even by the majority of the world’s population, i.e. non-WIS peoples! It is associated with success and luxury – a status symbol for the rich and famous. All of this means that the second-hand value of a well-preserved Rolex is unbeatable.
The example we now have in stock is in very good overall condition and comes on its original bracelet, which true to its age is a second-generation Oyster bracelet (with a good taper and folded, not riveted links) that has wear from use and is fully functional. These old vintage Rolex bracelets are rather flimsy to be honest. While they are really comfortable to wear and the style is consistent with the age of the watch, the Oyster case goes really well with a leather strap as well. So in the price is included a brand new calf leather strap from premium Austrian strap manufacturer Hirsch and an extra aftermarket buckle. The lug holes are drilled on this watch so with the included spring bar tool a strap change is straight-forward (if unsure, see instructions in a blog post a while back).
This watch comes with a high-quality practical travel case and a certificate of authenticity from Arlington Watches.