Early Rolex Oysterdate references make some of the best entry points into the vintage Rolex world. You get a watch from a storied manufacturer with an in-house movement, a date wheel with roulette date disc, water-resistant Oyster case, hand-winding movement, timeless looks, and the ability to wear it with a classic steel Oyster bracelet or a leather (or other) strap. This particular example comes across as very honest with all of its correct components and a stretch rivet bracelet that shows almost no stretch. If this is your first vintage Rolex it will put you on the right track to understand what quality vintage looks like without having to sell a kidney to acquire it.
The Case and Bracelet
The 34mm stainless steel case is in great condition having previously been polished and has light wear from use. The 7205 stretch rivet bracelet is in matching great condition and features 12 links, 60 end links, and a clasp stamped 3 56. The bracelet shows almost no stretch. The crown, crystal, and caseback are all correct for the watch and in matching great condition.
The Dial and Hands
This watch features a very good light tropical cream “Swiss only” dial with yellow gold arrowhead markers, blued steel second hand, roulette date disk, and original Dauphine hands. We have come across several examples of this dial and all of them have significant patina and points to the material quality of the dial finish.
This watch features a manually wound Rolex caliber 1210 manual winding movement with 17 jewels. The watch is running well and the service history is not known.
|Location||New York City|
|Movement||Manual, Rolex Cal. 1210|
|Case Material||Stainless Steel|
|Band Material||Stainless Steel|