VINTAGE 1940’s ROLEX OYSTER SPEED-KING WATCH IN ORIGINAL UN-POLISHED CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL STRAP & BOX.

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VINTAGE 1940’s ROLEX OYSTER SPEED-KING WATCH IN ORIGINAL UN-POLISHED CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL STRAP & BOX.

THIS BEAUTIFUL ROLEX OYSTER MODEL 5056 WAS MANUFACTURED DURING THE 1940’s AND HAS SPENT ALL OF IT’S LIFE IN ENGLAND. FAVOURED BY THE BRITISH AIR-CREWS OF THE PERIOD DUE TO THE BULLET-ROOF REPUTATION OF THE SPEED-KING, THIS IS A SUPER LITTLE ROLEX IN EVERY RESPECT.

THE ALL STAINLESS-STEEL CASE MEASURES 31mm ACROSS THE BEZEL NOT INCLUDING THE CROWN AND 36mm TIP-TO-TIP. THE CASE IS IN VERY GOOD ORIGINAL, UN-POLISHED CONDITION WITH SOME VERY MINOR SCRATCHES ONLY FROM GENTLE USE OVER THE YEARS. THE BACK UNSCREWS AND SCREWS DOWN AGAIN PERFECTLY ON IT’S THREADS AS IT SHOULD, SIGNED INSIDE ’ROLEX-GENEVA-SWISS-PATENTED’ AND WITH MODEL NUMBER 5056.

THE TEN & A HALF LIGNE 17 JEWEL SUPER-BALANCE MOVEMENT, WHILE CLEARLY WELL-USED IS STILL IN VERY NICE CONDITION, A TESTAMENT TO THE MAGNIFICENT CONSTRUCTION OF THE OYSTER CASE WHICH HAS PROTECTED IT OVER THE YEARS. THERE IS NO WEAR TO THE RHODIUM PLATING AND NONE OF THE SCREW HEADS HAVE BEEN BUTCHERED BY CARELESS REPAIR IN THE PAST. TICKING AWAY VERY NICELY, WINDING AND SETTING AS IT SHOULD.

THE ORIGINAL SILVERED DIAL IS IN VERY, VERY NICE CONDITION, WITH JUST A HINT OF PERIOD PATINA. THE NO-NONSENSE POLISHED GOLD ONE TO TWELVE ARABIC FIGURES AND HANDS WITH CENTRE-SECONDS LAYOUT BEING EXTREMELY EASY TO DISTINGUISH, EVEN IN LOW-LIGHT CONDITIONS.

THE ORIGINAL ‘OYSTER-PATENT’ CROWN SCREWS DOWN ON IT’S THREAD PROPERLY AS IT SHOULD. STILL FITTED WITH THE ORIGINAL LEATHER STRAP AND ROLEX STAMPED BUCKLE. THOUGH QUITE WORN AND STIFF, THE STRAP STILL LOOKS TO HAVE QUITE A FEW YEARS LIFE LEFT IN IT ( THOUGH WE WILL INCLUDE A NEW ,QUALITY, ALLIGATOR-GRAIN STRAP TO THE BUYER SHOULD THEY WISH TO CHANGE IT).

THE INCLUDED ORIGINAL ROLEX ‘COFFIN’ TYPE BOX IS STILL IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, A RARE ITEM IN ITSELF. THIS WONDERFUL GENTLEMEN’S WRIST-WATCH IS A FINE AND HIGHLY COLLECTABLE VINTAGE PIECE, IN THE VERY FINEST CONDITION.