Purchased new in c. 1972. Worn regularly for about 20 years. Serviced frequently by Rolex Sydney and the late Karl Pieper - Watchmaker. Not worn for almost twenty years (not serviced in this time). Watch currently runs about 3 seconds fast/24hrs. Date dial not rotating (possibly the result of damage to the crystal and inner case ring). Otherwise the watch appears to be in mechanically very sound condition. Supplied without bracelet.
Case. Mostly very good condition. Never significantly polished. Lugs have some scratches and dings at the ends otherwise they are thick and well preserved. Crown guards are thick and original with surface scratches.
Caseback. Very good condition. Plenty of surface scratches but inscription is deep and even. Inside of case back has model, last three digits of serial number and IV.67 inscribed (see pics). There are also various watchmaker markings
Dial is in excellent condition bar two blemishes. One just below the lume dot at 1 'o' clock which is slightly darker, paint is still fine and not lifting, cracking or peeling. Second is just above 8 'O' clock. This is either a chip of lume lodged under case ring or piece of paint come astray. The dial is dense matt black. The lume is fairly even and creamy in colour. Aside from lume all printing is superb. Note; the pictures show what appears to be discolouration on the dial, this is dust on the inside of the crystal. The dial is very black, clean and even.
Hands are average, metal requires cleaning and has some spotting. Lume is mostly intact with a few very tiny holes and some miniscule cracking.
Bezel has numerous dings and scratches but are mostly very shallow. Still looks deep black in colour. Lume dot at 12 is missing. Bezel rotates freely and is no longer ratcheted. Bezel indents show wear but are still strong and deep.
Crystal is as good as destroyed. Will make a useful paperclip holder (holds six average paperclips).
Watch was authenticated by Rolex Sydney in Feb 2010. Copy of this paperwork will come with the watch.
This piece is ideal for a restoration project by your own Watchmaker and will result in a very fine example of one of the earliest DRSD.