1914 ROLEX Rare Vintage Mens World War I Era Military Trench - Sterling Silver. This product data sheet is originally written in English. Movement Expertly and Expensively Restored by Our Team of Four Master Watchmakers.
In the first decade after the turn of the twentieth century when someone referred to a gentleman's watch they most often meant one object - a large, timing instrument kept in the pocket. That changed in part because of Hans Wilsdorf, a true legend in timekeeping history, who founded Rolex Watch Co. When the first World War erupted, demand rose sharply for these novel watches as Allied servicemen needed a more suitable way to a access their vital timepieces. It is stamped with a Birmingham hallmark.
We believe these more than a century old Rolex are underappreciated: At a time when Rolex values are climbing finding an original one of these is very difficult, their military style is exceedingly cool, and they are one of the first Rolex wristwatches made, yet they often sell for less than a ubiquitous 70's Oysterdate. Often referred to as a Trench Watch, watches like this one enabled an officer to coordinate his men's activities with precision with just a glance at his wrist. With its circular case, easy to read porcelain dial with large numerals, and small "onion" winding crown, it clearly showcases its resemblance to a pocket watch. This particular example Takes the pocketwatch design even further. Designed to capture the best qualities of both the hunter cased and open face pocket watches from the era, it features a half-hunter case construction which offered the protection of a hunter cased watch with the convenient time reading of an open faced watch.The centerpiece of the watch when the case is closed is the demi-hunter bezel with engraved numbers, and the centerpiece of the watch when the cover is open is its beautiful original porcelain dial with black Roman numerals and distinctive red 12. Born before the days of constant brand focused marketing, these very early pieces are often not outwardly signed Rolex - they are only signed on the movement and the case. The case was made for Rolex by. Dennison built many Rolex cases during the period for their English market watches, so it bears the Dennison's name. While watches from this era were often quite small, this watch is closer to the size of most watches four decades later.
While not a large watch it measures 32mm in diameter without the large crown. Its very early, sterling silver case is in honest condition.
It doesn't not appear to have ever been polished. It has tarnished with a nice patina, so we have left it on for the sale. If you would like removed so that the case is a shiny silver tone, please let us know. Its dial is in beautiful condition. It has no cracks or hairlines and one thin chip on the very edge.
Its original, signed Rolex Rebberg "hunter" movement is running very true. All four of our team of Master Watchmakers worked together for two years to restore the movement to proper functioning. Our Master Fabricator hand-crafted factory quality parts to replace ones that were no longer available.For the finishing touch it comes equipped with a new Hirsch leather strap making it ready for immediate enjoyment. Don't miss this opportunity to own and enjoy an original historical vintage Rolex.
Dial : White enamel with black painted Arabic numerals with a red 12, outer railroad minute track, excellent condition with one small sliver chip on the edge and no light hairline or cracks. Crystal : Acrylic, vintage, excellent condition.Case : Signed Rolex, one body construction with hinged bezel and back, sterling silver, so-called "trench" style, 32mm diameter (excluding crown - 35mm including), 36mm long lug tip-to-tip. Band : Leather with Java grain, remborde, made by Hirsch one of Europe's long running band companies, designed for fixed lug watches, new. Movement : Fine Swiss quality, Rolex Rebberg hunter, signed Rolex, decorated with pearling, 15 jewels, index regulator. Crown : Small "Onion" style, gold, original. Year built: 1914 - Birmingham hallmark.
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Subsidiary Seconds. Case markings (inside): Dennison Watch Co. A few pin prick indentions on bezel and light rippling in back from a previously installed one piece band. We have left the classic patina on the case. Dial: White enamel with black painted Arabic numerals with a red 12, outer railroad minute track, excellent condition with one small sliver chip on the edge and no light hairline or cracks Born before the days of constant brand focused marketing, these very early pieces are often not outwardly signed Rolex.Hands: Blued steel "spades", original. Movement type: Fine Swiss quality, Rolex Rebberg hunter, signed Rolex, decorated with pearling, 15 jewels, index regulator. Movement markings: Rolex, Swiss Made, 15 Jewels. Band: Leather with Java grain, remborde, made by Hirsch one of Europe's long running band companies, designed for fixed lug watches, new.
Crystal: Acrylic, vintage, excellent condition. Timing: Timed on a state-of-the-art computerized system. Your watch is important to us, and we will take care of it for its lifetime. We provide the best after sale care in the business with an experienced team of four watchmakers all of whom each have over thirty-five years of experience and a large number of parts.Please message us for details. Box/Papers: BOX - Connoisseur of Time watch presentation box; PAPERS - Connoisseur of Time Certificate of Authenticity; New timing certificate. Simply notify us and send it back anytime within 30 days after it has been received. View our feedback and shop with confidence. Suite 6-343 Suwanee, GA 30024. It is listed toward the bottom of our homepage and prominently on each watch's listing page. Connoisseur of Time Recently In the News. Steve Lundin with IW Magazine asked Paul to collaborate on his article about rectangular watches, Hip Squares. Melissa Pearce with Australia's Sydney Morning Herald asked Paul to collaborate on her article about trends in mens antiques: "Mantiques: The New Boys' Toys".
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