1920s Art Deco 9ct gold Rolex tonneau with exaggerated dial, beautiful and rare watch.
A very attractive and well sized Rolex tonneau watch from the Art Deco period, Measuring 25mm x 30mm with a 36mm lug to lug length.
The case back is marked "33, 10133". The inside is marked "Rolex 7 World Records, Gold Medal, Geneva - Suisse". The back also has the Swiss marking for 9ct gold, along side the English hallmarks for 9ct gold, from London assay office, dating to 1924/1925. The W&D makers mark is also seen within the case. The finish of the inside of the case back has spotting, a common finish in Haute Horlogerie.
The movement is of a good grade for the era. It has 15 jewels and is marked "Adjusted for all climates", "Timed 6 Positions". The ratchet wheel is marked "Rolex Extra Prima". The crown wheel has two screws on it, indicating higher quality. It is keeping time to within +45 seconds a day.
The dial has been beautifully restored, using the original dial as a base. This is extremely faithful to a similar reference of tonneau Rolex from the 1920s as seen in my private stock of Rolex catalogue pages in the images. These watches shared the same case and the proportions of dial.
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A beautifully restored dial which is extremely faithful to a similar reference of tonneau watches from the 1920s as seen in my private stock of Rolex catalogue pages in the images. These watches shared the same case and proportions of dial.
The hands are period correct, with no scratching or corrosion, remaining thermally blued.
The crystal is a replacement, but is in excellent condition.
An original crown in excellent condition, with coin edge surround.
The case is 9ct solid gold and is in very good condition with only light signs or wear and some surface scratching, as expected with an unpolished watch.
Overall in good condition for it's 100 years of age. One very small dent in the middle and light surface scratches on either side of the case back. The engraved case reference and serial number are still very clear on the back.
An original 14mm Rios genuine Crocodile German strap, open ended for fixed lugs.
Keeping time to +45 seconds a day with an amplitude of 255 and a beat error of 1.9m/s.
Case width: 25mm
Case width with crown: 26.8mm
Case length: 29.5mm
Case lug to lug measurement: 36mm
Case depth: 8mm
Lug width: 13mm