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Why We Love it
As you well know by now, we have a passion for timepieces with tradition, style and value. When these elements combine, an icon is formed, and it is hard to get more iconic than the brand with the big crown - Rolex.
With perfect portions, and timeless styling with its signature waterproof case design, Rolex Oysters may simply be the most versatile and wearable watches ever designed.
This particular model, a rare Oyster "Pre-Precision" Reference 6426, dates to circa 1950 and features a classic 34mm steel Oyster case, crisp silver sunburst dial and a smooth steel bezel. Perhaps what makes this piece most special is the patination on the dart markers and alpha hands which adds some true character and uniqueness.
What can't be discerned from the photos is just how thin these manually-wound Precisions are - making them incredibly slim and comfortable watches to wear, and the perfect accessories for dressing up your wrist under a cuff.
Paired up with its early Rolex-signed lizard strap, signed steel buckle, and coming complete with a period presentation box, this is one vintage Rolex that will certainly catch the eye of true vintage enthusiasts, particularly in a room full of sports watches!
When you think of Rolex, your first thoughts may be to their unforgettable GMT Master with its two-tone "Pepsi" bezel, the aviator's timepiece designed with Pan-Am pilots and transatlantic jet flights in mind. Or it might go to the form-follows-function Explorer I, the watch designed for mountaineers and tested under the most extreme conditions on earth. But it probably goes to the Submariner, the legendary diver by which all others are measured.
There's no denying that a Rolex Submariner is one of the most iconic watches of the last 60 years, but the same can easily be said about its diminutive siblings in the Oyster series. Designed for everyday wear, these timepieces were made as high grade affordable gentleman's watches in an era when owning a Swiss watch from any brand - never mind a Rolex - was a privilege far fewer could attain than today.
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Stainless steel Oyster case is approximately 34mm (excluding crown). Rolex Reference 6426. Rolex manual-winding movement. Circa 1950.
Overall Condition: The case is in great condition overall, showing light wear consistent with age and use. Satin silver toned dial is in very good condition with beautiful even patination to the luminous plots. Luminous alpha hands . Rolex signed crown.
Includes one period Rolex signed lizard strap and signed buckle. Also includes period green presentation box.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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