• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2610

    Important Watches

    14 December 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 164

    Rolex. A Very Fine and Extremely Rare 18k Pink Gold Triple Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Two-Tone Silvered Dial Made for the Italian Market


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    Rolex. A Very Fine and Extremely Rare 18k Pink Gold Triple Calendar Chronograph Wristwatch with Two-Tone Silvered Dial Made for the Italian Market
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Anti-Magnetic, Ref. 6036, Case No. 113'762, Manufactured in 1955
    Cal. Valjoux 72C mechanical movement, 17 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, applied pink gold Roman and dot numerals, outer date ring with blue Arabic numerals, central arrow date hand, day and month in Italian below 12 o'clock, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute and 12 hour registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, two round chronograph buttons in the band, screw down crown, screw back, 18k pink gold Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    35mm diam.

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    Accompanied by a La Garanzia Rolex original certificate and original Rolex fitted presentation case.

    Since the introduction of the celebrated "dato-compax" model in the second half of the 1940's, the Rolex oyster chronograph model enhanced by a full calendar, there was no other Rolex chronograph model offering more complications. Made for approximately 20 years, this family includes references 4767, 5036, 6036, and 6236. These models were available in either stainless steel, yellow gold, or pink gold, with a variety of different dial designs. Reference 6036, such as the present watch, is probably the best known representative from this family, and was in production for most of the 1950's.

    The present example, to the best of our understanding, never before shown or offered in public, is without a doubt, one of the world's most beautiful, best preserved, and most original examples ever seen in public or illustrated in literature. Visually, it impresses with its all-original two-tone dial, highlighted by the applied gold numerals and the outer blue date indication. The calendar indications for the day of the week and month are in Italian, a beautiful match with the original certificate, which is still present today. In fact, this historical paper is not only featuring the reference and serial number of the present watch, but also stamped by the Rolex retailer, Enrico Casalini from Novara, which is the capital city of the province of Novara in the Piedmont region in northwest Italy, to the west of Milan.
    Interestingly, another example of the same reference with case number 113'760, only some two numbers apart from the present watch, was sold in 2010 at Christie's Geneva, fetching over 440,000 CHF and still holding the auction record for this reference in pink gold. A most interesting fact for collectors is that that watch also featured Italian calendar discs, and was most likely a gift offered by the Italian Olympic committee.

    The case of the present watch is unbelievably crisp and well-preserved, retaining excellent definition to all angles and facets, and maintaining clearly visible numbers in between the lugs. Only the finest and best-preserved examples of this reference fully display the true beauty and fascinating personality of this model. This watch here exceeds all possible demands, and an experienced collector can expect, and is certainly going to be, a most prominent trophy in any Rolex collection in the world.

    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.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Property Sold to Benefit The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society