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We have unique experience in buying, trading and selling estate jewellery. We have hundreds of previously owned items such as: diamond rings, gold coins, bracelets, earrings, pendants etc. Call or visit our store if there is a particular item you are looking for.


July 20, 2018

Rolex Datejust 1601 golden brown dial black text $11670.00 CAD. e11031

Pretty much any vintage Rolex is a desirable thing. Some of the professional models from the 1960s and 70s have seen their value escalate well into 6 figures for exceptional rare examples. The esteemed Geneva based company’s most popular offering has been somewhat left behind. The Datejust model was introduced in 1945 at the same time Rolex was celebrating their 40th anniversary. It was quite revolutionary for the era being the first chronometer grade automatic winding wristwatch to display the date in a small window on the dial. The name Datejust may seem a bit awkward, but it makes perfect sense given some thought. Most watches slowly turn over the date display starting around 10:00pm taking several hours to fully turn the disc to reveal the day of the month. Rolex produced a quick turn mechanism advancing the date in the blink of an eye within a few minutes of exactly midnight. This seemingly simple process makes the date display absolutely true and “just”, hence the unusual moniker. Modern Rolex production is estimated at around one million watches per year making a contemporary datejust very common. This wasn’t always the case. It took Rolex 60 years to produce the first 1 million watches total production of all models. This example is serial number 1,071,990. After hours of scouring the internet and speaking with various Rolex aficionados no one has seen one like this before. The golden brown dial with black text is a colour combination we’ve never encountered. Occasionally vintage black dials from the period can turn a deep chocolate brown over time but these always have white or gold script lettering. Perhaps this was a silver or champagne dial with black writing that somehow colour shifted to this marvelous hue. If this is the case we can’t find another example anywhere. The luminous tritium plots are mostly intact and the period correct dauphine style hands with rare tapered ramped hour markers are also original. The rest of the watch is pretty much what you’d expect for a watch that was made in the fall of 1964. Wear and tear are appropriate on the case and fluted bezel. We don’t believe the watch has been refinished before. The USA made hollow link jubilee bracelet is showing the expected sag but this style of bracelet was never tight even when brand new. An original fold over buckle closes snuggly with a satisfying click. Powering the watch is a 26 jewel Rolex manufactured calibre 1560 in excellent condition. There is no rotor rash scaring on the plates or case back. We just performed a full mechanical overhaul to the mechanism along with a successful vacuum test for water resistance after installing a new Rolex crystal. When servicing the watch we were carful to maintain the original finish on the case and bracelet. It can be refinished many times but it can only be original once. With pricing of used and estate professional models quickly becoming out of reach for most, vintage Datejusts could be the place to see the next wave of collector interest. Including a 1 year Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers warranty, this curious bit of Rolex history is estate priced at $11670.00 CAD. Stock #e11031.


July 19, 2018

Breitling Navitimer GMT A24322 $6475.00 (tax included). e11456

A fantastic condition, very desirable Breitling Navitimer with the classic black dial. You’d have a hard time telling this Breitling has been worn more than just a few times. It’s in almost new condition, showing only the slightest evidence of use. The 46mm diameter solid steel case features an extra large bidirectional rotating aviation slide rule bezel. This nifty little tool can do anything from calculating the tip needed on a restaurant bill, calculate fuel consumption rate or a multitude of other mathematical formulas. Black text on silver adds legibility but you’ll still need to be sharp sighted to take advantage of this tool. For a comprehensive list of all of its possible uses and the formulas that go with them click here. In addition to the slide rule, Navitimer  A2432212 is also equipped with a three register 12 hour chronograph, scratch resistant anti reflective sapphire crystal, and a calendar display  at 3:00 o’clock. Being more of a dedicated pilot watch the water resistant rating of this model is a more modest 3 atmospheres or about 100 feet. In fact the perfect condition full length stainless steel bracelet is called the “pilot bracelet”. Powered by a certified chronometer Breitling Caliber 24 Swiss made automatic 25 jewel movement that features a 42 hour power reserve.The watch is running like new with all functions and features working as designed. Estate price $6475.00 CAD (tax incuded). Stock #e11456.


July 18, 2018

0.90ct. I1-I GIA certified 14kt. solitaire $2280.00 CAD. e11455

The DNA of Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers has always been about supplying amazing jewellery values to our retail clients for the last 60 years. What you may not know is we also do some wholesale work to qualified vendors. While it’s easier selling to another retail jeweller we get far more satisfaction when one of our regular customers picks up one of our products. Our latest estate offering just came back from The Gemological Institute of America in New York. We use GIA as an impartial judge to certify many of our larger estate and new diamonds. The full and comprehensive plotted diamond grading report (July 11 2018) can be seen online here. GIA are universally accepted as the authority when it comes to diamond certification. They don’t supply appraisals and they’re not involved in the commerce of diamonds or jewellery. This ensures they are impartial to all, unlike most of the insurance appraisals we encounter. Maybe you should ask yourself; why don’t all jewellers supply GIA reports with their diamonds? We’ve also spent a little more money having the GIA certificate number laser engraved on the girdle. The 0.90 carat diamond has been certified an I1 clairity with a “I” colour and a fair cut. The modest results shown on the GIA document don’t tell you how lovely this diamond is. Just as a description of a beautiful woman can never do her justice. This diamond is bright and full of sparkle. There are a couple of white feather inclusions, a few small crystals and even a tiny cavity. All that being said its large 6.38mm diameter is bigger than many 1.00 carat diamonds and it sparkles remarkably well. We’ve selected a traditional 14 karat white gold solitaire to efficiently showcase the diamond is a simple 4 prong pedestal.  The setting weighs 2.7 grams and measures a slightly larger size 9 3/4. One of our onsite goldsmiths can adjust the size as required in just a day or so. If you’re looking for a good sized diamond ring but would rather not spend half a year’s mortgage payments doing it, have a look at this one. I think you’ll be surprised how nice a properly graded I1-I can look. We offer a full money back guarantee if you don’t agree. As always dealer inquires are welcome. In truth we’d rather have it go to someone who will be proud to say, “I got it at Bill Le Boeuf Jewellers”. Estate price for the ring and diamond $2280.00 CAD. Stock #e11455.


14 karat gold diamond ring set 6.8gr. 0.48ct. tw. SI1-G $960.00 CAD. e10373

There are a handfull of different interpretations of the classic four prong setting and this is one of our favorites. Both elegant and sturdy the shoulders rise up to hold the 0.24 carat round brilliant cut SI1-G center. The unique setting allows for a full view of the high quality, eye clean diamond from all angles. Running in a continuous line under that diamond and across the top of the wedding band is an additional 0.14 carats of round brilliant cut diamonds. The like new set is made from a solid 6.8 grams of 14 karat white gold measuring a finger size 7 with some room to adjust. Estate priced as a set only for just $960.00 CAD. Stock #e10373.


July 17, 2018

10 karat gold maple leaf signet ring 4.0 grams $245.00 CAD. e10557

The signet ring finds its origins in ancient Egypt, over 4000 years ago. It has experienced many evolutions in design and purpose but has always been a sign of authority and wealth. Our signet ring is the most common form found today; a flat top meant for some type of engraving. This particular evolution dates from the early Middle Ages where signet rings were used as wax seals. Many land owners and lesser nobles didn’t have the money for a signet seal carved in stone and opted to have their initials carved in gold or silver. As the general population slowly became literate these seals were replaced with handwritten signatures. Now signet rings are mostly found as a family tradition or a timeless personalized piece of jewellery. Our 12mm wide oval signet ring carries a very Canadian symbolism with high polished maple leafs accenting each shoulder. As is the tradition with signet rings which are meant to be passed down for generations, ours is made from a solid 4.0 grams of strong 10 karat yellow gold. Currently measuring a finger size 6 1/4 (with room to adjust) the ring is ready made as a ladies signet or a gents pinky ring. Estate price $245.00 CAD and an additional $10.00 to engrave. Stock #e10557.