ROLEX LADY “ORCHID” YELLOW GOLD WITH BRACELET
The name “Orchid” was used by Rolex for decades for various small gold ladies’ watches, often with wacky shapes. These timepieces were made starting in the early 20th century and were designed specifically for women. The “Orchid” watches were often equipped with precious bracelets, fancy cases set with precious stones and hand-wound calibers. They feature the classic and timeless design elements Rolex is known for, combined with the smaller size and elegant aesthetic appropriate for a ladies’ watch. “Orchid” watches were produced in relatively small numbers, as they were extremely expensive and intended only for a very wealthy clientele.
The present “Orchid” is an exceptional example of these rare ladies watches made by Rolex in the early years of the 20th century. The overall condition is truly exceptional, the gold case shows a light oxidation patina, which is a testament to the extreme quality of this timepiece. The dial is in very good condition, as is the matching gold bracelet with gold hallmarks and Rolex signature. The appeal of this “Orchid” is further enhanced by a diamond set on the bezel. Together with the original Oyster shaped box, this timepiece is an exceptional watch for any woman looking for a very special jewelled watch for her collection.
Serial number 516, XXX, Year 1946, Diameter 15mm.