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The Rarest Rolex Sapphire Sports Watch
The Rolex Explorer has been a staple of the Rolex sports watch collection since the 1950s and has been among the preferred watches for expeditions and adventures up to the highest peaks of the world. In the early 1990s Rolex introduced the sapphire glass 14270 Explorer with applied 3-6-9 numerals, where before they had always been painted. There were some early very rare examples that had black enamel filled numerals instead of regular luminous material. The experiment was short-lived and the watches were changed. Another interesting feature is that these dials have the text in silver print. This is a very rare and desirable watch made all the more special by the presence of the original boxes and papers and other accessories. The watch remains in stunning, unpolished condition and is a serious piece for the discerning collector. The watch has been fully serviced by our watchmaker.
- Reference 14270, 36 mm case
- Serial X841xxx, sold in 1993
- Rare ‘Black Out’ Dial
- Calibre 3035 movement
- Full set box and papers
- Oyster bracelet ref. 78360 with 558b endlinks and claspcode s4
- 1 year mechanical warranty
- Fully serviced by our watchmaker
Each vintage timepiece is individually selected and carefully inspected by our team of experts. After we buy a watch it is serviced by our own experienced watchmaker. The movement is taken apart, cleaned and any malfunctioning part is replaced by an alternative part that is as authentic as possible. After a first series of tests the watch is put back together and tested for another 24 hours.
We guarantee you any vintage watch you buy from Bulang and Sons runs smoothly or it will simply not make it to our shop.
We understand you want to know everything there is to know about the watch you consider buying. We go through great lengths to describe each watch as precise as possible and will always show you a lot of pictures with great detail.
Part of our unparalleled service is superfast Fedex Priority shipping, fully insured. Once you receive your watch inspect it thoroughly. If you are not 100% satisfied, please let us know. We offer a 14 days return policy. Simply return the watch to get a full refund of the original purchase price. See our full return policy for more reassuring facts.
We offer a 1-year warranty on the mechanical function of the watch, starting from the day of purchase. To be completely clear: the guarantee applies to the functioning of the watch in indicating time. Please keep in mind it’s a vintage watch, so it might not be 100% accurate. But if that made you tick, you’d be looking for a brand new Fitbit right now.
Excluded from our 1-year guarantee is the waterproofness of the watch. We are also not accountable for any damage caused by falling or bumping of the watch or through the presence of dirt or damp in the watch. The breaking of glass, spring, buttons and pushers, strap or bracelet, winding stem or crown is also excluded. If anything like this happens we are not accountable for the damage nor for the consequences of such damage to other matter or persons.
If the above sounds like a lot fine print mambo jambo, we would like to point out again that each watch is fully serviced and known to be working when we put in the box. And you get an amazing 1-year guarantee, just not in terms of mechanical accuracy or waterproofing.
We are passionate about vintage watches. When you buy a vintage timepiece you buy into a piece of history as well. Most watches we sell have decades of stories to tell. By collecting and wearing such a watch you simply add your story and then pass it on again. There is no object we can feel such a deep connection with. We are really excited to connect you with your next watch.
At Bulang and Sons we have sold hundreds of watches over the years. We are a small team of experienced collectors and connoisseurs, part of an extensive global network of buyers and sellers. We are really proud of the great reputation we have for dealing only with high quality, high standard watches. We have one simply rule: we only buy and sell watches we want to own ourselves. And yes, we are still collectors too.
We know how intense the search for a specific vintage watch can be. Once you find it at Bulang and Sons, we want to make things easy, safe and fast for you. Therefore we offer the most comprehensive return policy and warranty; you will not find a safer place on the internet to buy a vintage watch.
We only offer individual timepieces and have a limited collection of the very finest vintage watches out there. The kind of quality we look for is rare to find, so we are very proud of every single watch in our shop.
It must be pretty clear by now, that we are not your average watch dealer. That is why we don’t sell our watches with a simple ‘Add to cart’ button and often communicate the price on request. We want to get in touch with you personally, to give you the best experience possible and to make sure you find the vintage watch that is right for you. Whether you’re building a collection or out to find that one unique timepiece, we’re here to help. If there is anything you would like to ask, please do. Connecting with other watch lovers is the greatest thing about working at Bulang and Sons.