Probably the nicest “mid size” Rolex I have ever seen, this steel Oyster Athlete is model number 4127 and has case number 215285, which dates it to 1942/1943
These Oyster Athletes have a completely different case style to the more common “Boy’s Size” and are obviously influenced by the pre war German Bauhaus design movement which emphasised simplicity. The case is a perfect circle and the lugs are parallel, it is as if someone had asked a child to draw a watch. But this simplicity is what makes it so pure and classic.
The watch has a slightly patinated, silvered dial with large luminous Arabic numbers, it was one of the first watches to feature the new “mercedes’ style luminous blued steel hour hand with a blued steel ‘sword’ shaped minute hand. There is an outer seconds track. The sweep seconds hand is blued steel with a small arrow shaped counterweight.
It uses the 17 jewel 10.5-ligne “hunter” movement with the heavy gold superbalance and is adjusted to two positions; the movement bears the import stamp ‘ROW’ on the balance cock, standing for Rolex, meaning that this watch was imported to the US, making it one of the very first.
The case is absolutely stunning with a polished finish on the side of the lugs and a brushed matt finish on the side of the case. The slim bezel sloped downwards towards the glass, giving an impression of depth between the bezel and the dial. These have always been two-piece cases with a flat screwed back. As the case is all original, I have chosen not to have it polished, so there are some light scratches visible, but it is worth remembering that this watch is well over 70 years old. It still has the original domed Oyster patent crown.
The case is a solid 95%, the dial and hands are 90+% whilst the movement is 90%.
The watch measures 31.8mm Diam, 40mm lug to lug, it is 12.5mm high and takes a 17mm band and a new brown leather band has been fitted.
£3,000.00 (approx $4,000.00 US)