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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 79

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER CHRONOGRAPH, ANTI-MAGNETIQUE, REF. 4500, CASE NO. 427'098, MANUFACTURED IN 1945

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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Anti-Magnetique, ref. 4500, case no. 427'098, manufactured in 1945
    Cal. 13'' VZ 23 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied dagger and Arabic numerals with luminous accents, outer black five minute divisions, blue telemetre and black tachymetre scales, two subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes register, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back and screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.


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    Reference 4500 is one of the very few Oyster chronograph models produced by Rolex featuring only a 30 minutes register but leaving out the 12 hours counter. This renders the watch a smoother, more subtle and less sporty design, a look that is usually rather found in Patek Philippe's celebrated reference 1463.

    With its combination of a stainless steel case, a nicely aged dial and the very good overall condition, this watch represents a highly attractive collector's timepiece.

    Reference 4500 was launched in the 1940s and was available in yellow gold, pink gold (see lot 19 in this auction), stainless steel and in stainless steel and gold.

    Different versions of this model are described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 206 - 221.

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    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.