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Rolex Perpetual Automatic 18 Carat Gold, circa 1951



A rare and very well preserved vintage Automatic Perpetual wristwatch by Rolex Circa 1951. 18ct gold square cushion shaped case marked with Rolex and the “Rolex Crown” lozenge. The snap back 18ct gold case with Swiss hallmarks. 17-Jewel (Rubies) Automatic Rolex patented 360 degree rotational rotor “A R Perpetual” movement signed Rolex and Swiss made. Additional jewelling of 6 further Jewels to the Automatic movement (Total 23 Jewels). The “A R” movement is the smaller and rarer version of the first automatic movement made by Rolex (the larger “N A” movement was used in the Bubbleback). This unique Automatic movement has a locking screw “Vis Tirette” the “Trigger Screw” to stop the rotor from coming loose. Silvered dial with raised gold baton numerals for 12, 3 and 9 and square faceted pyramid shaped hour markers. Black minute chapter and subsidiary dial for seconds. Gold “Dauphine” hands. Case, movement and dial signed. Case Measurements: Width: 28mm / 2.8cm / 1 1/16” (1.11 Inches) Length (lug to lug): 37mm / 3.7cm / 1 7/16” (1.46 Inches) All watches are given a full thorough service. They are stripped down to their individual parts, thoroughly checked for any obvious wear and tear, cleaned, re-oiled, reassembled and regulated. The final result is that the case, dial and movement are in pristine condition.


  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Dimensions
    Width: 1.11 in. (28 mm)Depth: 0.32 in. (8 mm)Length: 1.46 in. (37 mm)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Circa 1951
  • Condition
    Pristine, fully serviced, 2 year guarantee and full after sales maintenance service.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 27121stDibs: LU9227654501

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About Rolex (Designer)

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.

But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.

But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.

Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.

The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.

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