18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960
18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960
18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960
18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960
18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960
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  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960
  • Load image into Gallery viewer, 18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960

18ct yellow gold Precision wristwatch. Circa 1960

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Rolex
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  • Brand: Rolex
  • Year: Circa 1960
  • Model: Precision
  • Reference: 9659
  • Calibre: 179
  • Movement: manual winding 
  • Material: 18ct yellow gold
  • Features/complications: Central seconds
  • Dial: Silvered dial with outer minute track featuring gold applied mirror polished baton shaped hour indices with gold pencil hands and centre seconds
  • Case dimensions: 34mm
  • Bracelet/strap: leather strap
  • Accessories: N/A
  • Web reference: 2776

Essay: 

The Rolex Precision line remains overlooked today but offers some gems like this rare reference 9659. It's the type of watch not many collectors expect from the Crown, especially in the 1970s; this is a slim and elegant dress watch from a time when the manufacturer had already built a substantial reputation for robust, water-resistant tool watches, like the Submariner or the GMT-Master. On the surface of the dial is a beautiful silvered with applied hour markers and logo showing an acute attention to detail, with its 18k yellow gold case and a snap-on caseback. This is not your typical Rolex – from any period – and we're drawn to it for exactly that reason.

Beyond the unique qualities of the Precision model line within the Rolex catalog, the ref. 9659, and this example in particular, further set itself apart due to its case shape. The thin, stick style, and downturned lugs are uncommon to see from Rolex, who more commonly prefers to use a larger angled lug even on Precision dress watches. Our example has remained in crisp condition with sharp edges on all four lugs and crisp engravings on the caseback.