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ROLEX DATE JUST , ROYAL,  EXPLORER, WRIST WATCHES  AND THE HISTORY


A 1950 “Royal” Rolex Oyster is the perfect example of a classic watch that would be extremely difficult to find today. The Oyster model, intended as a rugged, high precision sports watch, was introduced only two years earlier in 1925, and rarely are early examples, offered for sale. The Oyster name is still used by Rolex today and these early watches are correctly perceived by enthusiasts as being historically significant as they very much represent the “first of a bloodline”. For the uninitiated, it rather behoves me to explain that the “Oyster” nickname given to these particular watches is a reference to their automatic winding rotors. Unlike later Rolex watches, these early automatics do not allow for full circular motion of their rotors. Rolex engineers at the time calculated that maximum winding efficiency could be achieved by limiting the available rotor travel to roughly 300 degrees. These superb movements were entirely hand assembled and built to remarkably high standards. Only experienced Rolex watchmakers were involved in the assembly of these movements, due to their high complexity. As the rotor moves backwards and forwards, it is cushioned by a pair of delicate buffer springs. When in use, the wearer can actually feel the rotor impacting against the springs and bouncing back again, hence the “bumper” title ascribed to this particular calibre. Sadly, due to sheer complexity of the movement, and its associated high production cost, despite its superb levels of accuracy and performance, the “Oysters” were only produced for a short time, hence their high desirability factor today. For those concerned with Rolex reference numbers, the actual movement calibre is calibre 1525 and other calibres, possibly the most highly regarded and technically advanced of all the Rolex Oyster. It is fully signed “Rolex Watch Co, Swiss”, has 23 jewels, a 36 hour power reserve ( the length of time that the watch will run from fully wound to stopped if untouched) and operates at 19800 beats per hour. These movements had a well deserved reputation for accuracy and extreme reliability. All my Rolex Oysters watches has been regularly serviced throughout its life and is in perfect running order. Another important aspect of this watch is its superb condition and total originality. This model was the highest stainless steel model in the range and featured the extremely attractive art deco arrowhead markers and equally deco luminous dauphin hands. I would certainly state that, most Rolex dial from 1948 are wonderfully elegant deco dials, some are very attractive vintage Rolex dials that I have ever seen. There dials are, of course, fully signed “Rolex Automatic, Oyster ”. the earlier ones are signed Rolex automatic, There are different shaped watch hands and winding crowns, complete with Rolex logo. For the total perfectionist, Interestingly, the case has delightfully elegant slightly deco Omega from this period, most simply having rather simpler, squared off items. Most Rolex backs are fully signed “Omega Watch Co, Fab Suisse, Swiss Made, complicated, and very collectible classic gentleman's Rolex. “Oyster” are becoming very difficult to find now and when they do surface, they I have unquestionably the rarest, and most valuable, of all the early Rolex Oyster models.

 

Below is the serial numbers to give the dates to the Omega watches

Rolex Serial Numbers

  Year
Serial No
Jan 04 F 000,001
Sept 02 Y 000,001
August 01 K 000,001
April 00 P 000,004
1998-1999 A 000,002
1997-1998 U 000,001
1996-1998 T 000,001
1995-1998 W 000,001
1993 3/4 S 000,001
1992 1/4 C 000,001
1991 3/4 N 000,001
1991 1/2 X 000,001
1991 1/4 E 999,999
1990 1/2 E 000,001
1990 L 999,999
1989 L 000,001
1988 R 999,999
1987 1/2 R 000,000
1987 1/2 9,999,999
1987 9,760,000
1986 9,300,000
1985 8,814,000
1984 8,388,000
1983 7,860,000
1982 7,366,000
1981 6,910,000
1980 6,430,000
1979 5,959,000  
1978 5,481,000
1977 5,005,000
1976 4,535,000
1975 4,265,000
1974 4,000,000
1973 3,741,000
1972 3,478,000
1971 3,215,000
1970 2,952,000
1969 2,689,000
1968 2,426,000
1967 2,164,000
1966 1,870,000
1965 1,791,000
1964 1,713,000
1963 1,635,000
1962 1,557,000
1961 1,485,000
1960 1,401,000
1959 1,323,000
1958 1,245,000
1957 1,167,000
1956 1,095,000
1955 1,010,000
1954 935,000
1953 869,000
1952 804,000
1951 735,000
1950 372,000
1949 608,000
1948 543,000
1947 478,000
1946 413,000
1945 348,000
1944 284,000
1943 253,000
1942 224,000
1941 194,000
1940 165,000
1939 136,000
1938 118,000
1937 98,000
1936 82,000
1935 62,000
1934 55,000
1933 49,000
1932 43,000
1931 40,000
1930 38,000
1929 35,000
1928 33,000
1927 30,000
1926 28,000
1925 25,000

 

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