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WRISTWATCH - ALPINA - OYSTER - SWITZERLAND - AROUND 1929
Art und Industry - Antique Watches
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Number:

1491

Manufacturer:

Alpina

Country:

Switzerland

Model:

Alpina Oyster for Rolex

Year:

around 1929

Reference:

Movement:

signed Rolex, quality "Prima", 15 jewels, adjusted in 6 positions, silvered, very good condition

Body Diameter:

32 mm

Height:

11 mm

Face:

Lugs:

16 mm

Condition:

Good condition

Remarks:

Case screwed in three parts, cushion-shaped, chrome-plated brass, waterproof, crown signed, crown and back cover outside with clear signs of wear, otherwise acceptable original condition, version for the German-speaking market.

Price:

see eBay auction

Description:

The first waterproof wristwatch from Alpina in collaboration with Rolex. The case and movement come from Rolex. The pillow-shaped Oyster case is screwed at the back and front and has a screwed crown. The dial, which is recessed in the center, is enamelled, shows Arabic numerals and carries an auxiliary dial for the second.

The movement is signed with Rolex and produced in the best quality (great). It is in very good condition. The case was patented by Rolex in 1925, see patent numbers inside the back cover. The screwing the screwed crown no longer works properly, but the crown and the tube are probably original. Overall, everything on the watch seems original and documents a collaboration between Alpina and Rolex from the early days of the wristwatch. Rarely.

 

This Rolex model was worn by canal swimmer Gertrud Ederle when a woman first crossed the canal.

Please see the macro shots for the details.

 

A milestone in the production of wristwatches in an age-appropriate condition in a very rare version.

further Information:

Alpina at Watchtime

eBay auction of this watch