View Full Version : Rolex When someone says that Rolex never made gold plated watches...

20-06-12, 15:09
...it seems you can say: Yes, they did.





"For sale 14 ct GOLD Rolex Air King Super Precision case and dial. Model number is 5516 case number is 555534 dating it to 1958 - 1959. Case is gold plated 40 microns thick which is twice as thick as Omega plating, feels heafty for it's size. Case is in quite good condition as is the crystal and crown.

The dial (see pictures) has a patina across the face but the edge has a green tint all the way around, the dial feet are intact and in good condition. The hands are Rolex but not certain if they go with this this time piece. This case would usually house a 1530 cal movement. any questions just ask."

http://www.ebay.com/itm/14-ct-GOLD-Rolex-Air-King-Case-and-Dial-/140773262196?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item20c6bd8374 (http://www.replica-watch.info/vb/redirector.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fitm %2F14-ct-GOLD-Rolex-Air-King-Case-and-Dial-%2F140773262196%3Fpt%3DLH_DefaultDomain_0%26hash%3 Ditem20c6bd8374)

20-06-12, 16:12
Interesting sale. Maybe you could pick it up for $275 and have an interesting piece. It comes with the wrong Rolex hand set though.

Antiquorium has one for auction with estimated value between $1500 to $2500.


23-06-12, 14:59
They made quite a few gold capped models until the very early 70s

Beef Supreme
24-06-12, 05:59
The new TT's are gold wrapped, aren't they? Isn't that a form of plating?

24-06-12, 06:11
All new Rolexes use nothing but solid precious metals. No more wrapped or plated.

24-06-12, 06:19
FORTY microns? Holy bajeezus!!

24-06-12, 06:40
yeah.. that's heavy plating, wow!
are you sure about those numbers?

I wish our reps had 1/4 of that :p

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24-06-12, 07:26
I have a gold "wrapped" omega from the 70s. I think it's more gold than base metal. They really used to do it right back then.

I will never forget; I was at my local AD getting a gen Rolex serviced. This 19 or 20 yo comes in and asks to see the platinum DD. The watchmaker and I listened in as the kid tried it on. He asked the price, and I think it was around $65k or so for that particular model. You could tell there was some shock. He said " I didn't know it was solid platinum, I thought it was plated." she took him down to the AirKings and I think those shocked him just as much. Those were still in the $4200ish range.

A lot of people don't realize just how expensive they are.

24-06-12, 09:26
They made quite a few gold capped models until the very early 70s

A true Rolex snob would NEVER refer to them as gold plated! That gives you warning from TRF forum members, then staff, then banned.


24-06-12, 15:42
LOL, I've got a 1959 GP Air King and a 1970's GP Date. I'd show you pics but photobucket is acting up right now

09-05-13, 12:12
Yes very true. They were in fact referred to by dealers as Gold-Filled [GF] and not 'gold plated'. I bought a genuine one with a brown leather strap and crowned buckle in the middle 80's in Kowloon, HK in a highly respected dealer very close to the Hyatt and Holiday Inn on Nathan Road. [That dealer even showed me the new then OysterQuartz!] It was a brand new NOS model. A DateJust 18k GF overlay model stamped between the lugs. The back cover was stainless steel. Had it serviced once at an authorised service center right before I sold it off to a good friend who kept bugging me about it for years. I regret that decision. He became godfather to my son. He still has it to this day. Looks very much like a solid gold one except for the weight. Great watch. Yes they do, or rather, DID EXIST.

09-05-13, 22:40
thats cheapppp but too tbad it ended

10-05-13, 07:22
Here's my early 70s Date- model # 1550. it's on an aftermarket jubilee, but i do have the old riveted oyster bracelet- just don't want to tear it up- it's more fragile than the case.
http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae273/alligoat/photo-25.jpg (http://s979.photobucket.com/user/alligoat/media/photo-25.jpg.html)
The AK is circa 1959 and has a 1530 inside
http://i979.photobucket.com/albums/ae273/alligoat/Air-King001-1.jpg (http://s979.photobucket.com/user/alligoat/media/Air-King001-1.jpg.html)
I've seen a 15050 Date- dated to the early 80s in GP or GF as Rolex would say