This is a very early Rolex screw back & front man’s wrist watch in sterling silver, with wire lugs with a London import hallmark from 1916. It bears the case number 735365 and is most unusual in that it is a Swiss snap back case, most of the Rolex cases from this period are by the English firm Dennison.
The original white enamel (porcelain) dial is sunk for the small seconds and has large luminous Arabic numerals, blued steel skeleton style hands and a large original gilt winding crown. The dial bears the names ‘Dunklings’ and ‘Rolex’ in the same font and size, making this one of the very first Rolex watches to have the firm’s name on the dial & certainly one of the first ‘Double Name’ Rolex watches. Dunklings were an Australian retailer in Melbourne (they are still in business) and were the country’s first Rolex importer.
The tradition of a gilt crown on a silver watch was a sign of a high quality movement & the tradition has been recently revived by the English (but Swiss based) watchmaker, Peter Speke Marin.
The movement is the rhodium finished, 15 jewel Rolex rebberg calibre. These watches were some of the very first men’s Rolex watches ever made and were almost all bought by officers in the allied armies during the First World War. And I am fairly certain that this watch was one of those bought for military use, as watches used by the military almost always had luminous hands & dial.
The watch has been recently serviced, runs & keeps good time (bearing in mind it is around 90 years old, so do not expect quartz accuracy).
The dial is 95%+, whilst the case & movement are both 95%.
Width 32mm; Lug to Lug 36mm; Height 15mm. It takes a 16mm strap and a brown Horween cordovan leather one has been fitted.
£2,250.00 (approx. $3,750.00 US)