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66 Years and Counting – The Rolex 5034 Story

66 Years and Counting – The Rolex 5034 Story

A take a gander at a verifiable Rolex Anti-Magnetic Chronograph

When one thinks about a vintage Rolex chronograph, normally the famous Cosmograph Daytona assortment comes to mind. Notwithstanding, Rolex had been delivering chronograph watches a very long time before even the main Cosmograph Daytona was delivered. Furthermore, an especially unique archetype of the Cosmograph is the Rolex Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chronograph 5034.

A Vintage Rolex Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chronograph 5034 years before the Daytona.


Ready, Set, Go

Rolex joined the chronograph market by divulging its initial five chronos in 1937, all outfitted with a solitary pusher catch to begin, stop, and reset the clock work. The single catch setup end up being wasteful – it didn’t permit clients to consider disturbances during coordinated occasions – and Rolex circled back to two-button chronographs a couple of years after the fact. During the Second World War, Rolex dispatched what is viewed as the principal Oyster Chronograph, the ref. 4500, which was subsequently joined by the 6232 and 3668. These three specific models just had two auxiliary dials, missing of the 12 hours counter, and snap-on casebacks.

A Pre-Daytona Rolex Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chronograph 5034 is a two-button chronograph.


In 1949 the ref. 5034 joined the brand inventory. The Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chronograph 5034 was the main Rolex chronograph highlighting an Oyster case with the three pusher catches and three sub dials. It stayed underway for around 15 years where it was produced in a significant restricted amount. The 5034 was ultimately supplanted by the Rolex 6034.

The Rolex 5034 is the main chronograph to be in a clam case.


Crafted in Gold

The 5034 chronographs were created in one or the other yellow or pink gold and the manual winding Valjoux 72 movement with 17 gems controls the hour, moment, second and chronograph capacities. This specific 18k yellow gold Rolex 5034 with its richly estimated 35mm Oyster case hails from 1960.

This 35mm Oyster case is made of 18k yellow gold.


On the white dial of the 5034 are two scales – the red telemeter scale and the blue tachometer scale, which obviously would at last be engraved onto the bezel of Rolex’s future Daytonas. Intriguingly, the external estimation scales cover the edges of the three auxiliary dials – something we likewise see on the 6064 – which is drastically unique in relation to the smooth dials of things to come Cosmographs. The gold hour, minute, chrono, and sub-dial hands and gold three-sided hour-markers coordinate pleasantly with the gold case, and here we additionally see the presence of a “12” numeral over the Rolex logo. The dial likewise gladly bears its “Against Magnetic” mark conspicuously positioned over the 12 hour counter at 6 o’clock.

Rolex has not yet built up an engraved bezel for this chronograph.


Launched 66 years prior and a necessary piece of the Rolex chronograph story, the Rolex Anti-Magnetic Oyster Chronograph 5034 is a little taste of the brand’s set of experiences and legacy. A fine vintage piece with an indisputable exemplary energetic appeal that was a main impetus behind the resulting Rolex chronograph watches.

Despite the face that “Daytona” presently can’t seem to be delivered, this watch was as yet made for motorsports.


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