The faded aged indexes add a great contrast to the main dial surface with the luminous hands having a wonderful aged appearance. Applied Rolex Oyster signature to dial with crown emblem above.Recently inspected, keeping good time with no issues to report. The model reference is a 4444 which has a scooped bezel which contrast with the majority of other Oyster models from the period which tended to have chamfered or rounded bezels. The Rolex Oyster winding crown is typically mid 1940s in style with a full Brevet cross to the centre and the case back is flat with a milled edge.
The inside case back (shown above) is stamped with the Rolex reference number'4444'. The movement is a Rolex 10 1/2' hunter with lever escapement and 15 jewels. Diameter excluding winding crown: 32mm. Length including lugs: 38.5mm.Original Dial: Signed Rolex Oyster Royal Shock Resisting. Rolex classic Ivory dial with raised luminous Arabic numerals, baton indexes to 1/3/5/7/9/11, 5 minute markers to outer chapter ring. Luminous inserts to the elegant feuille steel blue hands which contrast well with the blued steel of the centre seconds hand. The outer applied rail track is calibrated for 1/5ths of a second.
The aged patinated Dial has foxing' marks and tarnishing commensurate with age and wear giving it a beautiful vintage look. Original Movement: Signed Rolex Swiss made 15 Rubis.In any field, be it vintage wristwatches, period motorcars or antique fishing reels, there are definite classics that are universally acknowledged to be key units that are of the utmost historical significance. The movement in this watch, Rolex's 10.5 ligne (the ligne is the unit of width measurement traditionally used in the Swiss watch industry) Hunter, fits into this revered category perfectly, and is, without doubt, the most important mechanism that the company has ever created. Launched in 1923, the hand wound Hunter was the movement that replaced the venerable Rebberg that had powered the firm's officers' watches of the World War I era. It was the mechanism fitted to the first waterproof Rolex Oyster model of 1926 and, quite remarkably, remained in production until 1969. This long manufacturing span wasn't in any sense because Rolex rested on its laurels in terms of innovation and research, far from it, but simply because the Hunter was so right from its first moments that there really wasn't any feasible way of revising it.
This movement is in good working order keeping good time, recently inspected by a watchmaker with no issues to report. Original Case: Very clean with a polished finish.
Sharp lugs in great condition. Case is 32mm without the crown, 34mm with the crown, and 17mm between the lugs. Serial numbered 357 between lugs at 6 dating the watch to 1945 on the Rolex register. Serial numbers are crisp and well defined between the lugs. Case has surface hairline scratches associated with polished stainless steel commensurate with everyday wear and age.Overall good condition for age. Original Case Back Cover Inner: Signed Brevetee Rolex S.
A Geneve Suisse 31 Victories Haute Precision RWC Ltd 4444. Original Case Back Cover Outer: Has surface scratches commensurate with age and wear. Fits flush and screws without any issues. Original Crown/Winder: Signed Rolex Oyster with Brevet cross logo. Crown sits flush with case and sets/winds smoothly.Showing signs of wear as logo isn't crisp clear. Original Crystal: Domed plexiglass in good condition for age.
Strap/Buckle: Has been fitted with a brand new unauthentic aftermarket good quality leather strap and steel buckle. Please observe pics carefully as they form part of the description.This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Watches\Wristwatches". The seller is "oldwatchcompany" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.