Rolex Oyster Perpetual Ref.1003 Chronometer 9ct gold vintage wristwatch, sold in 1964
A 9ct yellow gold automatic centre seconds wristwatch with original box, guarantee booklet, receipt, strap and numbered swing tag
An exceptionally attractive vintage gold Rolex Oyster, this watch comes by direct descent from the original owner. In excellent condition and showing signs of only light wear, the case has extremely crisp definition and the dial retains a rich lustre to the surface. The watch is accompanied by the original receipt from a Shrewsbury retailer, as well as the numbered Rolex guarantee booklet, numbered chronometer certificate, numbered swing tag and inner and outer Rolex presentation boxes as well as the original Rolex leather strap and Rolex pin buckle. Also within the box is a page cut out from a 1963 Rolex catalogue which illustrates this model. The watch case is detailed with reference number 1003 which was fitted with a calibrated bezel as standard; the bezel on the watch is a smooth Rolex chamfered bezel as found on the Ref. 1002 and was presumably changed on request at the point of sale – this configuration matches the model on the catalogue entry from the 1963 catalogue extract with the watch. The original paperwork shows that the movement was chronometer tested in 1963 and the watch was sold the following year in 1964.
As part of this watch’s service and overhaul it has been pressure tested for water resistance up to 100 metres.
Receipt of sale
Numbered chronometer certificate
Rolex numbered guarantee booklet
Rolex numbered swing tag
Rolex catalogue extract
Rolex inner and outer presentation boxes
[M] Rolex calibre 1560 automatic movement, lever escapement, 26 jewels, compensation balance, 18,000 BPH, Kif shock absorber [D] silvered dial with silk matt sheen, raised gilded Arabic and faceted triangular numerals with luminescent dots above, luminescent dauphine hands (please note that luminescence has naturally dulled with age), black outer track for minutes/seconds [C] 9ct yellow gold Oyster case with smooth chamfered bezel, screw-down Rolex crown and case back, down-turned lugs, the tops of the lugs and centre of the case back with satin finish [B] brown crocodile leather strap with gilt metal Rolex pin buckle [S] case, dial, movement, crown, strap and buckle signed
Diameter excluding winding crown: 34mm
Length including lugs: 40mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 10.5mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 19mm
This watch has been serviced by a Rolex trained and accredited watchmaker.
Notice for clients outside the UK
Please note that the strap is crocodile leather and due to CITES restrictions, the leather strap cannot be exported outside the UK. If the watch is to be delivered to a country outside UK, the strap will be removed and replaced with a calf leather strap before shipping.