Rolex ‘Non-Oyster’ Perpetual French Cased – 1950s

Rare find: a stunning French cased Rolex ‘non-Oyster’ Perpetual in 18k rose gold from the 1950s. These interesting and hard to find pieces are not often offered/surfaced in todays market. Scroll down to read more about this piece.



These non reference bearing Rolex watches are fitted in a French made case due to strict government rules about importing precious metals into the country which made it extremely expensive for Rolex to import their gold timepieces. Rolex’s solution was simple, ship their movements to France and have them cased there (hence the French Eagle-head 18K gold hallmark in both the case and the case back).

This model features a so called ‘waffle’ dial which in our opinion adds to the overall characteristics. The dial has acquainted an intriguing slightly darkish patina remaining with a perfectly legible signature. The lume filled ‘dauphine’ hands shows a bit of luminous loss (minute hand, see pictures).

The rose gold case has lovely double edged formed lugs which are an elegant spect of these French cased Rolex examples. When searching online for likewise examples we can find only a hand full of similar examples which confirm how scarce these pieces truly are. The case has a snap on case back bearing the french case serial number.

The watch is powered by an automatic Rolex Cal. 630 movement which were also used in the early Rolex bubble back models. The movement looks surprisingly good considering its age and runs with fine accuracy.

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Additional information








18K Rosé Gold


Cal. 630