• Lot 189

    Rolex. A very rare and attractive stainless steel and pink gold automatic bubble back wristwatch with pink dial and bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, CHRONOMÈTRE, RETAILED BY SERPICO Y LAINO, REF. 3458, CASE NO. 55'273, MANUFACTURED IN 1942

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    Rolex. A very rare and attractive stainless steel and pink gold automatic bubble back wristwatch with pink dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Chronomètre, retailed by Serpico y Laino, ref. 3458, case no. 55'273, manufactured in 1942
    Cal. 9 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, rotor engraved Rolex Auto Rotor, Chronometer, Swiss Made, Patented, Super Balance, pink dial, luminous Arabic and baton numerals, luminous hands, subsidiary seconds, stainless steel tonneau-shaped water-resistant bubble back type case, chased hour markers to the engine-turned pink gold bezel, stainless steel screw back, pink gold screw down crown, stainless steel and pink gilt rice-grain bracelet, stainless steel deployant clasp stamped GF for Gay Frères, case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer
    33 mm. diam.


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    Amongst the most sought-after variants of the legendary "bubble back" series, the present reference 3458 model stands out by its attractive combination of a stainless steel and pink gold case, pink dial, rare retailer's signature, the stainless steel and pink gold rice-grain bracelet from the era and the provenance.

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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.


    Provenance

    The Mondani Collection of Rolex Wristwatches, Antiquorum, Geneva 1 April 2006, lot 471.


    Literature

    Prominently illustrated in 100 Years of Rolex by Franca and Guido Mondani, p. 16.