• Lot 130

    Rolex. A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch


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    Rolex. A very fine and rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Anti-Magnetique, ref. 4537, case no. 470'666, manufactured in 1946
    Cal. Valjoux 72 nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered dial, raised dagger and Arabic numerals, outer blue and black telemetre and tachymetre scales, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    Reference 4537 is considered amongst the rarest gems in the Rolex Oyster chronograph family. Made during a very short period only, it was the first chronograph by Rolex with three subsidiary dials and the modernized "tonneau-shaped" Oyster case. In fact, it replaced reference 4048 which still featured the more round "Calatrava-style" case. Examples of reference 4537 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 "Rolex Oyster" crown centred by the Swiss cross.

    A predecessor of reference 6034 (see lots 238 and 239 in this auction), reference 4537 was available in yellow gold, pink gold and in stainless steel.

    Different examples of reference 4537 are described and illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 222-227, and in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by John Goldberger, p. 112.

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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.