The Prince was a real success, revealed in 1928, it offers great performance and, for that era, an interesting new design. Unfortunately, they discontinued this model at the end of the 1940’s after a great success. It was one of the first large produced watches with chronometer certification and his beautiful dial and shape made it an elegant presence at the wrist of a gentleman.
After reading the article, I put a note to myself to keep track of this interesting watch. Last week, I was happy to find that there are available not one, but two models of Prince on the market, here in Germany, on Watch-Time.de.
The first one, and the most interesting is a Zebra model from the 1930’s with a two-toned gold striped case. The case is an absolutely amazing combination of 9 carats white and red gold and with the two-toned dial makes a great impression and catches the eye real fast.
The dial features a sub-dial for the seconds and was named the ‘doctor’s dial’ while this watch was widespread between doctors which used it as a pulse monitoring device. The blue hands and the beautiful Arabic numerals make this dial special. I can understand why it was such a success.
The dial of this Prince is different from the Zebra but is closer to the “original” design with the Arabic numbers inside of the hours/minutes dial. The blue hands make a good contrast on the well-maintained dial.
This movement is in a good condition but slightly different from the 1928 version (lack of the upper bridge) and also came with a chronometer certification. The engraving from the back places this model as one from the end of the 1930’s.
I would like to thank Watch-Time for the images with the 1930’s Prince. I am not affiliated in any way with watch-time.de. I would also like to thank Hodinkee for info and Rolex for the images with the old and the new Prince.