• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 46

    Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, ANTI-MAGNETIQUE, REF. 4048, CASE NO. 206'360, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

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    Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Anti-Magnetique, ref. 4048, case no. 206'360, manufactured in 1942
    Cal. VZ 13''' nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered dial, luminous baton and Arabic numerals, luminous hands, outer five minute divisions, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, circular water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex rice-grain bracelet and clasp stamped S&L for Serpico y Laino, case, dial and movement signed
    35 mm. diam.


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    The present watch is certainly one of the most exclusive, attractive and best preserved examples of the celebrated reference 4048 chronograph to appear in public in recent years. The highly charismatic, beautifully aged silvered dial has not undergone any cosmetic enhancement. The case shows hardly any wear and has not suffered from overpolishing. In fact, its proportions remain crisp, most evident to the beholders eye are the sharp edges of the lugs. Another noteworthy particularity is the Rolex rice-grain bracelet from the era bearing the stamped signature S&L for Serpico y Laino, Rolex's prestigious agent in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Reference 4048 is doubtlessly amongst the rarest gems in the Rolex Oyster chronograph family. Made during a very short period only, it was the first "Oyster" chronograph by Rolex with three subsidiary dials but still featuring the more round "Calatrava-style" case of its predecessors but now fitted with a screw back.

    Examples of reference 4048 in such original and well-preserved condition like the present watch are exceedingly rare. As a matter of fact, the specimen offered here for sale stands out by numerous details which are paramount to the demanding collector, such as the correct dial and the "Oyster Patent" crown featuring the Swiss cross.

    It is understood that reference 4048 was only made during an extremely short period and exclusively cased in stainless steel. Research indicates that less than 100 examples of this attractive landmark model have been produced.

    Different examples of reference 4048 are described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 200 - 205, and in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, pp. 108 & 109.

    Special Notice

    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.


    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the stainless steel bracelet shown in the catalogue is no longer part of this lot. However, the watch is accompanied by another, similar stainless steel "grain-de-riz" bracelet by Rolex from the same period.
    Veuillez noter que le bracelet en acier illustre dans le catalogue ne fait plus parti de ce lot. La montre est par contre vendue avec un bracelet "grain-de-riz" en acier de Rolex comparable, datant de la meme epoque.