Rolex has been almost synonymous with luxury watches since it was founded in 1908 by Alfred Davis and his brother-in-law Hans Wilsdorf. Contrary to popular belief, the company was actually founded in England and it wouldn’t be until 1919 that the company would move to Geneva. From the early days of the company, Wilsdorf was pushing the technical limits of the watch. This first came in the form of accuracy which earned him a Class A precision certificate from the Kew Observatory in 1914. A distinction normally reserved for marine chronometers, which were some of the most accurate timepieces of the day. After accuracy, Wilsdorf began to focus sealing a watch against the intrusion of dust and moisture. This would lead to the development and production of the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch which he would name the Oyster.
The Rolex reference 4051 is fairly typical for a Rolex watch of this era. As we mentioned above, the early foundation of the brand had been built around the idea of highly accurate watches, so placing the word precision on the dial was very apropos. What makes this particular watch stand out from most of the Rolex models of the late 30’s and early 40’s is the almost art deco style lugs. If you go and look at other contemporary Rolex Precision models of the time you will see very simple to the point lugs but not here. Match the beautifully stepped lugs with a beautiful salmon colored dial and you have a timeless combination. This particular example was purchased at Wanna Buy A Watch in Los Angeles California.
The 34mm stainless steel case is in very good condition. The watch shows signs of previous polishing but done with a very light hand. The case design is simple with a minimal bezel that allows for a wide dial for a watch of this size. The case is accentuated with stepped lugs and the combination of a polished finish on the top of the bezel and lugs and satin finishes on the case and lug sides. The crown is correct for the reference.
The Dial and Hands
The salmon-colored dial is in excellent condition with no major flaws to note and the handset appears correct for the reference. Comparable watches of this reference are difficult to find and we were not able to locate an exact twin to this watch. Another similar dial that we have seen in salmon wears a different style crown logo and the words Swiss Made rather than just Swiss. This leads us to belive that this dial is a later reprinted version.
This watch features a manual, caliber 10 1/2″H, 15 jewels movement. The watch is running and the service history is unknown.
UPDATE: The original listing called out variations to this dial and has now been updated to say that we belive that the dial has been reprinted.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Caliber 10 1/2"H, 15 jewels|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Leather Strap|