In 1927, a young British secretary called Mercedes Gleitze took a place in the annals of watchmaking history with a sporting exploit that brought the first waterproof watch to the world’s attention. The 26 year-old swam the English Channel wearing a Rolex Oyster, spending more than 10 hours in the chilly waters between France and Great Britain. At the end of the swim, the waterproof wristwatch was declared to be in perfect working order.
She was the first Englishwoman to manage the arduous swim, still a rare feat at the time, and she earned huge popular acclaim. Rolex’s founder and director, Hans Wilsdorf, celebrated the landmark event with a full-page advertisement on the front of London’s Daily Mail proclaiming the success of the first waterproof wristwatch and chronicling “the debut of the Rolex Oyster and its triumphant march worldwide”. Mercedes Gleitze effectively became the first Rolex Testimonee, a symbol of achievement who also demonstrated the new watch’s qualities in action.
Object nr: 244
Model: Oyster Perpetual Date
Movement: Cal. 1570, Nr: D360553
Original crown: Yes
Dimensions: 35mm, without crown.
Strap/Bracelet: Oyster bracelet, ref. 78350 - 19
Lug Width: 20mm
Service: Yes, the watch is professionally serviced and under warranty until 23-12-31
This watch is in a a lovely condition despite its age with a beautiful dial, well preserved case and a professional serviced movement.
The dial is original and a flawless dark brown, intact lume. The hands are very well preserved. The date wheel is original with open six and nine.
The case is sharp and beautiful but got some signs of wear of course - no deep scratches or other damages. The crystal is original and without any scratches.
The oyster bracelet is very well preserved and in very good condition with some signs from use - but, it is still very tight. It includes twelve link parts.
This is a watch to wear and love for many decades yet to come.
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