• Lot 127

    Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare 18K gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial and luminous numerals and hands


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    Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare 18K gold triple calendar chronograph wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial and luminous numerals and hands
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronographe, Antimagnetic, Ref. 4767, case no. 615'564, manufactured in 1948
    Cal. Valjoux 72C nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, luminous dot and Arabic numerals, luminous hands, outer blue date ring with central arrow hand, two windows for day and month, three subsidiary engine-turned dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.

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    The present watch is an outstanding example of reference 4767, the first Oyster series triple calendar chronograph model ever presented by Geneva's "crowned" watch manufacturer. Known to have been made in a exceedingly small series in stainless steel, yellow or pink gold only, original and unspoilt examples of this milestone model are extremely rare. In fact, the present reference 4767 is distinguished by its beautiful, original two-tone silvered dial, enhanced by the rarity of the luminous numerals and hands and the astoundingly crisp and unpolished case. In fact, the yellow gold case has accumulated an impressively even level of oxidation, a typical sign for watches which have not been used in a very long time. The connoisseur can consequently easily connect the extraordinarily original and unmolested condition with the fact that the present watch was a "sleeping beauty" for many decades. Furthermore, the gold mark underneath the lower right lug is crisp and the calendar correctors in the band seem unused. Treasures like the present example are rare events in the international collectors arena.

    Rolex's celebrated Oyster triple calendar chronograph or "Dato Compax" wristwatch has evolved over twenty years and was made in four different references:

    The first, reference 4767 such as the present watch, was introduced into the market in 1947. Already in 1948, reference 4767 was replaced by reference 5036, followed by references 6036 and 6236 (see lot 327 in this auction).

    Different versions of reference 4767 in regard to case material and dial layout are illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 372 - 375, and in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 88.

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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.

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