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  • Rolex Robinsons

    I wanted to share this with you guys, from James Dowling's website: www.ukwatches.com .

    He writes:" This is a classic example of the early cushion sweep seconds "Oyster" in 18k yellow gold with a metal dial, probably made in 1927.

    In the original catalogue for these watches, the sweep seconds version was shown as “Special Models with centre seconds for Doctors’ use” and there was a premium of 10 shillings for this special feature.

    It has a gilt coloured dial with applied gilt full Arabic numerals, there is an outer track with the seconds marked in five second increments. The dial is also signed with the name of the retailer “Robinson & Co. Ltd” with “Singapore” on the next line. The hands are simple baton style and neither the hands nor the dial have ever had luminous on them. The sweep seconds hand is slim, blued steel and an elongated triangle in shape.

    As an early version of the Oyster with both the milled bezel and the sweep seconds, both of which make the watch much more attractive than the later flat bezel and small seconds dial.

    The movement is an Extra Prima version of the 15 jewel 10½ calibre which is signed “Timed 6 positions for all climates”.

    The dial is 90%, whilst the case & movement are both 95%.

    Diameter 32mm; Lug-to-Lug 38mm; Height 10mm. It takes a 16mm strap and a new tan leather one is fitted."

    It's currently for sale at about S$16,000.
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  • #2
    INtresting...


    Sometimes forgotten, but always contactable. Darkangel (2007-2014)

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    • #3
      Wow good find. I've seen & sold a few watches bearing Robinson & Co, Singapore but this is the first time I see one on a Rolex & from that era!

      I can imagine it would have been purchased by an important British subject back then as watches were a luxury & an 18K!

      A pity it's in a pretty poor condition.

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      • #4
        yeah.
        I just feel that someone with the resources should collect back these pieces . Maybe Robinsons themselves. It's a part of their history.

        But the reality is that nobody cares.

        if I had the tens of thousands of dollars I would, but I don't...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by keltzar View Post
          I wanted to share this with you guys, from James Dowling's website: www.ukwatches.com .

          He writes:" This is a classic example of the early cushion sweep seconds "Oyster" in 18k yellow gold with a metal dial, probably made in 1927.

          In the original catalogue for these watches, the sweep seconds version was shown as “Special Models with centre seconds for Doctors’ use” and there was a premium of 10 shillings for this special feature.

          It has a gilt coloured dial with applied gilt full Arabic numerals, there is an outer track with the seconds marked in five second increments. The dial is also signed with the name of the retailer “Robinson & Co. Ltd” with “Singapore” on the next line. The hands are simple baton style and neither the hands nor the dial have ever had luminous on them. The sweep seconds hand is slim, blued steel and an elongated triangle in shape.

          As an early version of the Oyster with both the milled bezel and the sweep seconds, both of which make the watch much more attractive than the later flat bezel and small seconds dial.

          The movement is an Extra Prima version of the 15 jewel 10½ calibre which is signed “Timed 6 positions for all climates”.

          The dial is 90%, whilst the case & movement are both 95%.

          Diameter 32mm; Lug-to-Lug 38mm; Height 10mm. It takes a 16mm strap and a new tan leather one is fitted."

          It's currently for sale at about S$16,000.


          Thanks for such info, bro. Me enjoy reading it!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by keltzar View Post
            I wanted to share this with you guys, from James Dowling's website: www.ukwatches.com .

            He writes:" This is a classic example of the early cushion sweep seconds "Oyster" in 18k yellow gold with a metal dial, probably made in 1927.

            In the original catalogue for these watches, the sweep seconds version was shown as “Special Models with centre seconds for Doctors’ use” and there was a premium of 10 shillings for this special feature.

            It has a gilt coloured dial with applied gilt full Arabic numerals, there is an outer track with the seconds marked in five second increments. The dial is also signed with the name of the retailer “Robinson & Co. Ltd” with “Singapore” on the next line. The hands are simple baton style and neither the hands nor the dial have ever had luminous on them. The sweep seconds hand is slim, blued steel and an elongated triangle in shape.

            As an early version of the Oyster with both the milled bezel and the sweep seconds, both of which make the watch much more attractive than the later flat bezel and small seconds dial.

            The movement is an Extra Prima version of the 15 jewel 10½ calibre which is signed “Timed 6 positions for all climates”.

            The dial is 90%, whilst the case & movement are both 95%.

            Diameter 32mm; Lug-to-Lug 38mm; Height 10mm. It takes a 16mm strap and a new tan leather one is fitted."

            It's currently for sale at about S$16,000.
            James Dowling prices are never cheap....I think it's due to his reputation of being the author of that "Rolex" book.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by keltzar View Post
              yeah.
              I just feel that someone with the resources should collect back these pieces . Maybe Robinsons themselves. It's a part of their history.
              Robinson got bought out themselves. Don't think the new ME owners now care for the history, just market share.

              It all started with the requirement for banks to divest their non-core assets. Now all Singapore assets may be up for sale - afterall, you always get a bargain in the Great Singapore Sale!

              Let's en bloc Singapore and buy over Western Auz!

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