A fabulous 18 carat solid gold Rolex President Oyster Perpetual automatic chronometer day/date gents vintage wristwatch dating to 1967, in superb overall condition. As with many high end watches, this timepiece looks as if it has hardly been worn during the last 52 years. The condition is truly amazing for a watch of this age. Please take a good look at the photos. It looks like a carefully used watch which is just a few years old. The case has retained its sharp contours, the dial looks pristine and the movement is running strongly and keeping time with the day/date functions working correctly. The watch is signed five times, on the dial, case, movement, crown and buckle. You can see that the style of the Rolex Oyster has not changed for well over 60 years but there is something about a vintage watch that feels different on the wrist. I love it. Please note that watch does not come with a presentation box or papers.
Case: 18 carat solid gold, in excellent condition measuring approximately 35 mm across excluding the signed crown and 44 mm from lug to lug. It is signed "Rolex" on the inside of the rear cover and hallmarked as 18 carat solid gold with a Swiss Assay. The bezel also displays two 18K hallmarks on the rear. The case reference number is 1803. The original crown bears the Rolex coronet. The serial number between the lugs dates the watch to 1967. The case shows the inevitable very light marks from careful and probably infrequent use over the years but absolutely no signs of abuse, dents or scratches of any significance that I could see to draw to your attention. Please note that the watch has not been pressure tested, therefore the waterproof qualities of the case are not known or guaranteed. In any event I always recommend that no vintage watch is taken near water despite its stated water resisting qualities. as would I strongly advise against driving an E type Jaguar at 90 mph on the German autobahns!
Dial: in superb condition with a satin silver starburst finish and bearing the the Rolex coronet. It is signed "Rolex Oyster Perpetual Day-Date Superlative Chronometer Officially Certified Swiss". Gold coloured batons mark the hours and the hands are in great shape. The cyclops crystal is clean and clear.
Movement: Rolex cal. 1356 26 jewel automatic chronometer grade movement, running perfectly and keeping time. The crown action is crisp, positive and screws all the way into the side of the case. The day/date function operates correctly. The watch was serviced in 2016 and has not been in regular use since but wound at least monthly to keep the oils circulating.
Strap: fitted with a new generic brown crocodile grain strap to which a gold plated Rolex buckle has been fitted. Attached to the watch the strap measures approximately 216 mm from buckle tip to last hole.