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Rolex Ladies White Gold Diamond Chronometer Art Deco Wristwatch, 1926

US$22,464.46

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A rare Art Deco diamond wristwatch by Rolex made in 1926 . The 18 carat white gold case is set with diamonds, chased detail on the sides, marked on the inside case back with “7 World’s Records" and hallmarked with the Glasgow import mark into the United Kingdom for 1926. The case has articulated lugs with an associated period mesh bracelet. The chronometer movement, adjusted to 6 positions, is a 15-Rubies (Jewels) Rolex Prima. The silvered dial with black Arabic numerals and minute chapter. Blued steel hands. Art Deco The Art Deco period was one of the first truly worldwide movements of fashion in the arts, which reached its peak during the 1920’s and 1930’s. It had its roots in Paris just before the First World War. It took its name from Arts Décoratifs, an international Exhibition of Modern Decorative Arts in Paris in 1925. Art Deco was a stylistic about turn to the Art Nouveau movement which preceded it. Gone were the soft, curved shapes and lines and in came straight lines and the bold geometric forms influenced by cubism and the desire to be modern. Parisian designers and jewellers such as Louis Cartier and René Lalique played an important role in popularising the Art Deco mode in their jewellery and objects. Infusing their designs with bold bright colours, setting emeralds, rubies and sapphires in simple lines and elegant settings. Watch design was, as everything else, also influenced by the new modern ideal of straight lines, so watch case began to become rectangular and square shapes. Case, movement and dial signed. All watches are given a full thorough service. They are stripped down to their individual parts, thoroughly checked for any obvious wear and tear, cleaned, re-oiled, reassembled and regulated. The final result is that the case, dial and movement are in pristine condition. Measurements: Case: Width: 16 mm (1.6 cm) 5/8" (0.63 Inches) Case Length with Articulated lugs: 40 mm (4.0 cm) 1 9/16” (1.58 Inches) Bracelet fully adjustable

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  • Creator
  • Metal
  • Stone
  • Dimensions
    Width: 0.63 in. (16 mm)Depth: 0.28 in. (7 mm)Diameter: 0.63 in. (16 mm)Length: 1.58 in. (40 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    Switzerland
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1926
  • Condition
    Repaired. Pristine, fully serviced, 2 year guarantee and full after sales maintenance service.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 21431stDibs: LU9227654621

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About the Designer

Rolex

Ask anyone, anywhere, to name a luxury watch brand, and the answer will probably be “Rolex.” This enviable worldwide recognition can be credited in part to the genius of company founder Hans Wilsdorf. When the German-born watch dealer and his brother-in-law, Alfred Davis, set up their London enterprise, in 1905, they called it Wilsdorf & Davis, according to the traditional formula.But Wilsdorf was determined to come up with another name that was short, would look good on a watch dial and was easy to say and remember in several languages. In 1908, he trademarked the name Rolex, and by 1920, he had moved the company to Geneva and redubbed it as Montres Rolex S.A.But the main reasons for the brand’s success are its commitment to precision and unflagging pursuit of innovation. In 1926, the company introduced the aptly named Oyster model. With a screw-down crown and case back, both fitted with rubber gaskets, this was the first truly waterproof watch.Five years later, Rolex upped the ante with the Oyster Perpetual. That model’s patented Perpetual movement contained a rotor mechanism enabling it to self-wind. In another trendsetting move, in 1945, the brand debuted the Datejust, with a date window prominently displayed on the dial.The company’s two most iconic models are sports watches. Although the Submariner, which debuted in 1953, was developed as a dive watch, its waterproof case, solid construction and good looks made it a favorite of adventurers and urbanites alike, including James Bond, who wore it in classics like Dr. No and Goldfinger. The Daytona, the racing chronograph made famous by Paul Newman, is especially sought after by collectors. Newman’s personal Daytona, which hit the auction block in 2017, sold for $17.8 million.Find vintage and contemporary Rolex watches, bracelets and more on 1stDibs.
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