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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 43

    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER CHRONOGRAPHE, ANTI-MAGNETIQUE, REF. 6034, CASE NO. 944’146, CIRCA 1954

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    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive 18K pink gold chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronographe, Anti-magnetique, ref. 6034, case no. 944’146, circa 1954
    Cal. 72 mechanical movement, 17 jewels, white matte dial, applied square and baton numerals, fifth of a second combined with Arabic five minutes divisions, outer tachymetre scale graduated to 750 Km/h, three sunken subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 12 hours and 30 minutes registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    Reference 6034 is the successor to reference 4537, and was in production during the 1950s and early 1960s. The majority of the production was cased in stainless steel, a limited number in yellow gold, and an extremely small amount was granted a pink gold case, such as the present piece. A quick analysis of past auctions immediately shows how rare the pink gold version is, with just a handful of pink examples sold over the past years.

    Offered in very appealing condition of both case and dial, it also features a remarkably rare dial design, characterized by square faceted numerals. The striking resemblance of such markers to the ancient pyramids granted this dial the nickname “Egyptian”. Egyptian dials can be found on a number of Rolex references, from chronographs to complicated pieces (notably, on reference 6062), and they are usually the most rare dial typology for the reference. Research shows only four other similar pieces publicly sold over the past years.

    Furthermore, the present piece boasts a remarkable provenance: never before seen at auction, it spent the past quarter of a century in Milan, in the safety deposit box of an important Italian collector who never wore it once, only winding it every once in a while.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT ITALIAN COLLECTOR