1946 SS Rolex Oyster 4499 W/Rare Beautiful Silver Metallic Sunken Dial
I have been Diligently collecting Vintage watches for over 25 years and with two kids in college it is about time I part with some. I say diligently because I have certain beliefs when I look for a piece to add to my collection. Number one is usually the originality of the piece and I hold firm to the belief that at least 40% of the value is in the originality and beauty of the dial. Almost everything I collect or will be selling will have all original dials, matching serials and will be unique enough to add to any collection.
Most of my collection has been generated using some great sources I have garnered over the years in Europe, Japan, Australia, South America and attending watch shows. I have bought a small number off Ebay but frankly I have found the quality the last few years has diminished and the real quality pieces have become harder and harder to find. I can't believe the number of pieces being asked for premium pricing with subpar or refinished dials. My humble advice for a new collector is avoid these expensive pieces with refinished dials at all costs. Thank you for taking the time to view my auction.
The gleaming SS Oyster case on this watch is in almost "as new" condition, with only the faintest of imperfections that are to be expected on any watch of this age. These ealry 40's stainless wristwatches do tend to suffer badly from pitting, particularly to the reverse side, this being prone to the corrosive effects of acids in perspiration, especially on pieces that were used primarily in tropical and humid environs. Stainless steel was still actually relatively primitive at this time, being only really perfected as a result of allied research during W W I, and all steel watches of this age must be examined carefully for damage of this kind. There is no pitting whatsoever anywhere on this case and very importantly, the milled edges around the screw down caseback are in superb condition, this item only ever having been opened for servicing using the correct Rolex tool.
I would have no hesitation whatsoever in describing this dial as being in mint condition and in itself this will make the watch very valuable to the investor. It is universally agreed among connoisseurs of vintage wristwatches that at least 40% of the value of a high grade elderly timepiece can be attributed to the condition and originality of its dial. So often watches with original dials in very discolored, unsightly condition are trumpeted as being desirable collectors items, something that irritates me greatly because it simply isn't true.
Case: SS marvelous condition, no pitting Oyster case 34.25mm wide w/o crown, 39.8 long with lugs
Movement: All original, runs great, keeps good time
Dial: All Original "Rolex Oyster" With Coronet and sunken subsidiary seconds, never been retouched or refinished, Mint condition
Hands: Original bayonet hands
Crown: Original "Rolex Oyster " Crown screws down well