Ladies Rolex Oyster Perpetual Model Ref.6549 1961
100% Genuine & All Original
Fully Inspected, Serviced and Guaranteed
Outstanding Condition Rolex Oyster Perpetual Model Ref 6549
Beautiful Stainless Steel Case With Sought After Thunderbird Bezel
Good Sized 30mm, Excluding the Correct Rolex Screw-Down Oyster Crown
Beauitful Previously Restored Ivory-Cream Dial with Original ‘Dauphine’ Hands
High Grade Calibre 1161, 26 Jewels Automatic Movement in Stunning Condition
Wonderful Stainless Steel Rolex Rivet Bracelet with Rolex Clasp
High Quality Hardwood Presentation Box Included
All in Simply Stunning Condition Throughout
VGWL Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee
VGWL 12 Months’ Written Warranty*
Free Worldwide FedEx Delivery
Free UK Special Delivery
Founded in 1905 in England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, the partnership became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915 and moved to its new Geneva headquarters in 1919. The success of the wristwatch can be largely attributed to many of Rolex’s innovations which made the company one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These have included its famous “Oyster” case — the world’s first water-resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and its “Perpetual” — the world’s first reliable, self-winding movement for the wristwatch, launched in 1933. These would form the foundation for Rolex’s Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956. Also and equally importantly, Rolex is known for its sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.
A wonderful, previously restored Rolex Oyster Perpetual stainless steel wristwatch, with a wonderful ivory-cream dial with steel furnishings. The 30mm stainless steel case has a highly sough after thunderbird bezel with thick straight lugs and a screw-down case-back, overall, giving this stylish watch a confident, yet not overstated wrist presence.
Note – At 30mm this watch would originally have been marketed as a gentlemans watch, as during the 1930s, gentlemans watches tended to be much smaller. Today however, the fashion is for gents to wear much larger watches and for ladies to wear this kind of watch. Therefore this could be considered suitable for both.
This classic early 1960s Rolex Oyster Perpetual is beautifully simple and elegant. The dial carries perfect steel ‘square’ hour indices which are matched by the steel ‘Dauphine’ hands. The design is beautifully balanced and perfectly symmetrical. In terms of purity and elegance, the absence of a date function is often referred to retain a dials perfect balance.
The dial carries the applied Rolex Coronet and is signed ‘Rolex Oyster Perpetual’ with ‘T Swiss Made T’ at the very bottom of the dial inline with the 6.
This dial has been previously restored to a very high standard and as can be seen, remains in outstanding condition.
The Watch Movement
The original, high grade 26 Jewel, Calibre 1161 automatic movement is highly regarded for being very accurate, reliable and strong. This movement is working perfectly following a thorough overhaul and service by our vintage Rolex specialist watchmaker. This means the movement has been completely disassembled to each of its component parts, cleaned and inspected under high magnification and then rebuilt using only original Rolex parts where required, before testing and careful calibration. The watch has just been re-tested (as it will be prior to delivery) and is running to within +5 seconds per day, which is outstanding for a vintage watch of this age! The movement also has a 42 hour power reserve when fully wound.
These movements are strong, accurate and very reliable making the watch appropriate for regular everyday use. This particular movement is in top condition and with regular servicing every 2 to 3 years we would fully expect this watch to run very happily for many more decades to come! We are therefore pleased to offer a 12-month warranty on this watch movement* and servicing in the future.
The movement is correctly signed with ‘Montres Rolex SA Geneva Swiss’ and ‘Twenty Six Jewels’, the movement also carries the movement reference number 40437 and the calibre number 1161.
*Please note – our 12 months’ warranty is only applicable if the full list price is paid.
The steel watch case measures 30mm, excluding the correct Rolex signed winding crown, this makes this a smaller sized watch for the 1960s. The beautiful Rolex Oyster Perpetual case with a wide thunderbird bezel has quite a bold character, with strong straight lugs. It is in excellent condition, having received a very gentle and sympathetic clean and polish, although the watch has obviously been very well cared for, as there are no dings, scratches or marks visible to the naked eye. The case-back is of full thickness and has never been engraved.
Inside the case back is signed correctly with ‘Montres Rolex S.A’, ‘Geneva Switzerland Patented’, ‘Stainless Steel’ with the model reference number 6549.
As ever, our standard advice applies: Vintage watches should be kept clean and dry at all times.
The original, Rolex rivet stainless steel bracelet is very close to perfect condition. The bracelet has simply been cleaned and lightly polished to bring it back to the condition you see here. Setting the catch to the shortest adjustment the bracelet will fit a 17.1cm wrist, then when setting the catch to the longest adjustment the bracelet will fit a 18.4cm wrist.
Box and Papers
Although there are no original papers with this watch, the reference numbers, markings, signatures and hallmarks are all correct and indicate the date of manufacture as 1961.
Detailed particulars will be included with our purchase receipt for your interest and security. A separate insurance valuation for the replacement value of this watch will be provided at the time of sale along with our unique ‘Lifetime Authenticity Guarantee’ which states: “If this watch proves to be anything less than 100% genuine, authentic and original, a full refund will be given at any time”.
This watch comes complete with a green Rolex suede pouch.
Payment and Delivery
If you would like to pay by bank transfer, we will be pleased to assist you with this and pass on a 3% saving to you. Paying by bank transfer for a 3% saving will not affect your 12 months warranty. Similarly, if you wish to pay by International SWIFT or Bank Wire Transfer we will provide you with our BIC / Swift number and our IBAN number.
Please check the import duties and any taxes your government may apply, these are different for each country and, unfortunately, out of our control.
We understand there may be some ‘loopholes’ that may help you avoid these charges; however, attempting to use these could impact our ongoing ability to serve our growing international customer base.
For those who happen to visit London on occasion, we are, of course, more than happy to store your watch until we can meet you in our offices in Kensington, London, and hand your watch directly to you there.
As with all our watches, this watch will be sold under our 14 days no-quibble sale or return policy.
This is a truly first class example of a vintage Rolex Oyster Perpetual which is ready to wear and completely practical for everyday use. If treated with care, it will make an excellent investment or heirloom piece. Even though vintage steel Rolex prices have risen markedly recently, we still feel good examples such as this are still undervalued and as each year goes by and the world market for vintage Rolex watches continues to expand, prices will continue to climb ever higher.
A word on our prices – We always try our hardest to acquire the very highest quality watches we can find, before restoring them to the highest possible standards. We then offer these at the fairest prices we can, taking into account our pre and post-sales care and service. This approach means we will never be the cheapest, but nor will we be the most expensive. Indeed there are some well-known stores in West London which are highly successful charging between two to three times the price you see here. We, therefore, consider our prices to be fair, given the quality of watches we have to offer.
Please note, we also welcome part exchanges. If you have a watch or a small collection for sale, please contact us as we will be happy to discuss this.
We will also be happy to Service your watch, Repair your watch or Restore your watch, all at ‘sensible’ prices. Please see here.
If you have any questions please call us on 020 7727 7095 or if calling from overseas on +44 207 727 7095.
Please take a look at our other fine vintage steel watches.