• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 346

    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive stainless steel automatic bubble back wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial and hooded lugs

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, CHRONOMÈTRE, REF. 3599, CASE NO. 45'032, MANUFACTURED IN 1939

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    Rolex. A fine, rare and attractive stainless steel automatic bubble back wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial and hooded lugs
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Chronomètre, ref. 3599, case no. 45'032, manufactured in 1939
    Cal. 9 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, luminous Arabic numerals, luminous hands, outer blank mirrored ring bordered by railway five minute divisions, engine-turned subsidiary seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant bubble back type case, polished flat bezel, polished fluted rigid hooded lugs, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    32 mm. diam.


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    Amongst the most sought after variants of the legendary "bubble back" series, the present reference 3599 "rigid hooded lugs" model furthermore stands out by its attractive combination of a stainless steel case and two-tone silvered dial. Consigned by a private collector, it is preserved in excellent, original overall condition.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
    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.


    Provenance

    The Mondani Collection of Rolex Wristwatches, Antiquorum, Geneva 1 April 2006, lot 254.


    Literature

    Prominently illustrated in 100 Years of Rolex by Franca and Guido Mondani, p. 28.