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Rolex Half Hunter Officers Silver Wristwatch 1919

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Rolex Half Hunter Officers Silver Wristwatch 1919

Stock No. 2671
A rare Half Hunter Officers wristwatch by Rolex made in 1919.

Half Hunter wristwatches are a good example of horological evolution. The term “Hunter” was originally used for the pocket watch that had a metal cap on the front to protect the dial (popular with the hunting fraternity). It was a natural evolution in the early days of the wristwatch to emulate this pocket watch design. The half hunter had a pigeon hole in the metal cap to view the time.

The Officers wristwatch represents a pivotal moment in horological evolution which occurred at the start of the 20th century.

Before World War One wristwatches were not commonplace, only a few military men, automobilists and aviators had adopted them. Pocket watches worn on chains were the norm. However, the impracticality of using a pocket watch during combat in the trenches, led many Officers to privately purchase and wear watches, on leather straps on their wrist, instead of the standard issue military pocket watches.

These early wristwatches became known as “Officers” or "Trench" watches. They had the same look as a pocket watch, as they were based on the old pocket watch movement but they needed to be adapted and made smaller to be worn on the wrist.

It was after the First world war when their popularity took off and it became fashionable to wear a “wrist-watch”.

Sterling Silver case with hinged bezel & screw on back, hallmarked for import into London in 1919. The front of the bezel (top of the case) is engraved with black enamel stylised Arabic numerals.

Rolex, 15 Rubies (Jewels) movement.

White enamel dial with black period Arabic numerals. Black minute chapter and subsidiary dial for seconds at 6. Fancy blued steel hands.

Case, movement & dial signed.

Case Measurements: Length (lug to lug): 40 mm; Diameter: 34mm
All watches are given a full thorough service. They are stripped down to their individual parts, thoroughly checked for any obvious wear and tear, cleaned, re-oiled, reassembled and regulated. The final result is that the case, dial and movement are in pristine condition.
Pristine condition, fully serviced, 2 year guarantee and full after sales maintenance service

Width 34.00 mm - 1.34 inches
Height 40.00 mm - 1.57 inches
Diameter 34.00 mm - 1.34 inches



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