This watch was just serviced by a master watchmaker on June 2019. Their appraisal information will be included with the watch. The information below is from their report. Lady's, Art Deco, 9k yellow gold and enameled, manually wound, cocktail wristwatch with 15 jewel Rebberg movement and Art Deco, 9k yellow gold mobile expanding arm Rolex bracelet, made in "Tribute to the HMS Britannia" (see notes), Case no. Case: 26mm diameter round watch case with the colorful white and red rounded enameled and hinged bezel (Nautical themed), fluted winding crown, hinged back case cover with the inside bearing the 9C (9 karat), 0.375 mark for 9k gold, the Swiss cross with embedded lower case'c', and barely visible hallmarks from Glasgow said to date from 1923/24 and should include, on imported gold items, the date letter and sponsor hallmarks (illegible to me).The case is marked Rolex, Seven world's records (see notes), Geneva, Suisse, 114. The watch is well integrated with a 9k gold extending mobile link bracelet from Rolex. Dial: Round white guilloche enameled dial with the hours in black enamel lettering spelling out H. Dial is signed,'Rolex', above the hands. Movement: Appears to be the 9-3/4''' Rebberg split plate movement with 15 jewels, manually wound, curved center wheel bridge and exposed ratchet and crown wheels marked, "Swiss Made, Rolex, 15 jewels". Case: Back of case not seen but likely plain polished 9K gold. Inside of the cover has some modest scratches. Yes, they were fluted and gold but usually either rounded off at the edges or thinner. This is a rather thick crown for a cocktail wristwatch, and I suspect it is a replacement.
Dial/Bezel: mild to modest chipping to the red and white enameling on the bezel. Dial appear very good with minimal wear to the black lettering. Why the punctuation periods are placed as they are is surprising to me. This is a rare example of early Rolex ladies watch. The Rolex Company worked very closely with this British retailer and made this watch most likely on either special order or in very limited supply.
Of most importance - RARITY alone in any antique is not enough to cause very high pricing. HMS BRITANNIA: Six ships and a shore establishment of the Royal Navy have borne the name HMS Britannia, after Britannia, the goddess and personification of Great Britain: This watch was ordered, most likely in tribute to the following vessel - HMS Britannia (1904) was a King Edward VII-class pre-dreadnought battleship launched in 1904 and sunk by UB-50 in 1918.Wilsdorf was convinced that the wristwatch was the way of the future, and soon contracted the firm of Hermann Aegler to manufacture wristwatches for him. Wilsdorf was a perfectionist, and never ceased pressing Aegler to improve the timekeeping of the watches they made for him, which he now insisted be branded "Rolex" - a name Wilsdorf had invented in 1908. In 1910, Aegler submitted a Rolex wristwatch to the Bienne testing station.
It received a First class certificate and thus became the first wristwatch to be officially certified as a "chronometer" in Switzerland. On July 15, 1914, a Rolex wristwatch received a Class A precision certificate from the Kew Observatory in Greenwich, which had previously only been achieved by marine chronometers.
Wilsdorf remarked that this was a "red letter day" in the development of his firm, which he would never forget. The ability of a wristwatch to maintain accurate time keeping could no longer be held in any doubt.ROLEX WORLD RECORDS: No Records: Prior to 1923/24 hallmark year I have not seen claims to any World's Records in Rolex watch case backs. 7 World's Records: the earliest I have seen is the hallmark year 1923/24 and as late as 1931. 16 World's Records: I have seen case backs hallmarked in Glasgow in 1927/28 and 1928/29.
20 World's Records: the earliest I have seen is the hallmark year 1927/28. There is some overlap between the hallmark dates of cases marked 16 and 20 World's Records. 25 World's Records: the earliest I have seen is the Glasgow hallmark year 1931/32, date letter i.The item "Vintage 1925 Art Deco Rolex Women's Rose Gold Watch serviced + appraisal docs" is in sale since Tuesday, April 16, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Watches, Parts & Accessories\Wristwatches". The seller is "jwinokur" and is located in Redwood City, California. This item can be shipped to United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, South africa, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Colombia, Panama, Jamaica, Barbados, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Brunei darussalam, Bolivia, Egypt, French guiana, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Cayman islands, Liechtenstein, Sri lanka, Luxembourg, Monaco, Macao, Martinique, Maldives, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Uruguay, Chile, Switzerland.