Lot 15 (Watches, 30th July 2020)



Model: Cushion Oyster
Case reference: 2883
Date: Circa late 1920’s
Movement: Signed, Prima movement, 15-Jewels, timed 6 positions for all climates, swiss made
Dial: Signed, silvered guilloche sunburst dial, black Roman numerals, black outer minute division, subsidiary dial for seconds at the 6 o’clock position, blued gothic hands
Case, Signed Oyster patent, silver cushion, early onion crown, silver knurled bezel, silver screw down back, stamped 20 world records, Great Britain patents 260554/1925, 274.789, Swiss Patents 114.948 and 120.851, signed R.W.C Ltd. hallmarked Glasgow 1928
Strap: Black generic lizard , Rolex buckle
Size: 32mm by 32mm

1926 was a pivotal year in the history of watch-making thanks to the creation of one of the most iconic watch models: the Cushion Oyster. In that year, Wilsdorf arranged for C.R. Spillman SA to acquire the patent of a screw-down back (to see a watch with this case, please refer to lot 69 and 73 in this sale), which had been patented earlier that year by Paul Perregaux and George Perret. The screw-down back consisted in having the bezel and back case tightly screwed together into the main case against soft lead seals. After a decade of experimentation, the first real hermetic and water-resistant watch was born and it was presented in an octagonal and a cushion-shaped case 28mm for ladies and 32mm for men. Since then, the model's design has barely changed proving its efficiency over a period of almost 100 years.


Sold for £1,750

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