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Rolex Prince Railway 18K WG/PG Bi-Color ref 1527 with SS/PG Beads of Rice

$16,500.00

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A scarce and magnificent looking Rolex Prince Railway ref 1527 circa 1935. Featuring an extremely rare 18K bicolor white and rose gold stepped Art Deco design case, with magnificent restored 2 tone salmon dial, and fitted with a Gay Frères, Rolex signed SS and pink gold rice link bracelet with deployant clasp. Powered by Rolex’s “Utra Prima”, “Officially Tested in Eight Ways” 17 jewel manual wind movement with balance bridge protector intact. With signed original winding crown.

Featuring a very sharp condition case without obvious wear or damage to the top or sides of the case, and with very distinct case edge hallmarks. The case shows no wear through or repair to the case. The caseback bears the model reference #1527 and the early case serial # of 6922. The case back engraving does show wear with numbers worn, but still readable.

Recently serviced by one of our veteran watchmakers and offered with our 1 year warranty of accurate time keeping and operation.

Background and Personal Notes

The Rolex Princes, also referred to as doctor’s watches, were among the most sought after of all vintage Rolex models during the 1980’s and 1990’s. The much sought after rectangular shape, the larger size, the lore of the duo dial feature, the Art Deco design all contributed to the various Prince models achieving celebrity status among vintage watch afficionados. Of course it is common knowledge now, that the larger steel sport models, the Daytonas, Explorers, GMT’s, Submariner and Seadwellers have long since assumed the dominant position in the collector’s landscape.

We have handled many Rolex Princes in our 40 years of collecting and dealing in vintage Rolex watches. We have not owned one in years, as they are mostly tucked away in collections. We don’t recall ever owning one as beautiful as this example. And while the dial is refinished, it is nonetheless an absolutely stunning watch. Similar models were made in various bi metal combinations, steel and gold, 9K and 14K, but to find one in 18K, in the most desirable combination of white gold and rose gold is truly remarkable!

The current example Railyway Prince is accompanied by an equally magnificent Rolex steel and rose gold beads of rice bracelet manufactured for Rolex by Gays Frères. This bracelet is more typically associated with Bubbleback models from the 1930’s and 1940’s, but is magnificent paired with this watch. The bracelet is in excellent condition without the corrosion or stretch often found on these bracelets. Furthermore, the bracelet  is quite long and will comfortably fit a 7 1/2 inch wrist. The expression “the whole is worth more than the sum of its’ parts” we think is very apropos here, as the combination of this magnifcent watch and highly sought after bracelet, each enhance the other.

Similar examples of this model can be found in two classic books, “Orologi Rolex” and “Signori del Tempo.” Additional historical notes can be found by Googling Rolex Railway Prince ref# 1527.

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
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