Made around 1930 to 1935, this flared case Rolex Prince is one of the rarest of these watches I have ever seen
This is the only Canadian made silver Rolex Prince that I have ever seen, and it is in phenomenal, almost new old stock, condition. All the sharp edges are still present as is the complete chrome (or rhodium) plating of the case; back in the 1930s Rolex advertised their least expensive Prince watches as being made from “untarnishable” sterling silver, and the plating was how the cases remained free from tarnish. However, the plating tended to wear off at the points where the watch made contact with the wrist, and once the first of the plating came off then the rest of it seemed prone to flaking off and the watch would become unsightly. So, normally the plating would then all be polished off; this is why it is so rare to find one with the plating intact.
Most unusually the case is not signed by the casemaker, either with a punch or even with a country of manufacture noted, just a single word Rolex stamped inside the case back and the word ‘Observatory’. Observatory was used on Canadian market watches to denote watches which were NOT chronometers and was used anywhere else on cases or dials. On the rear of the case is the single number 1846, which could be a model or case number, but I don’t know which.
The original off white dial is also very unusual, as they tend to be either silvered or black, this one is painted white with an applied rectangular metal ‘railway’ style minute track, applied metal ‘Deco’ style Arabic numbers, there is a subsidiary seconds square below the main dial with baton markers. The dial is signed “Rolex Prince” at the top and “Swiss Made” at the bottom, with the word “Observatory” below this. The blued steel stick hour/minute hands, the leaf seconds hand & the dial have never had any luminous, as this was a “dress” watch.
The movement is the rhodium finished, 17 ‘vine leaf’ version, numbered 6850.
The dial is 90%+, whilst the case is 98%+ & the movement is 90%.
Length 36.5mm; Lug to Lug 43mm; Height 8mm. It takes a 20mm strap and a black crocodile one is fitted.
£9,500.00 (approx. $12,750.00 US)