Rolex. A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with three-tone silvered dial and pulsation scale
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Rolex. A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with three-tone silvered dial and pulsation scale

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER, CHRONOGRAPHE, ANTIMAGNETIQUE, REF. 4537, CASE NO. 470'704, MANUFACTURED IN 1946

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Rolex. A fine and very rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with three-tone silvered dial and pulsation scale
Signed Rolex, Oyster, Chronographe, Antimagnetique, Ref. 4537, case no. 470'704, manufactured in 1946
Cal. 13''' mechanical movement, 17 jewels, three-tone silvered dial, baton and Arabic numerals, luminous hands, outer blue scale calibrated for 30 pulsations, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
36 mm. diam.
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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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Lot Essay

Reference 4537 is considered amongst the rarest gems in the Rolex Oyster chronograph family. Made for a very short period only, more specifically in 1946, 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.

The present reference 4537 stands out by virtue of its blue pulsation scale, instead of the more common combination of tachymetre and telemetre scales, on an attractive three-tone silvered dial with beautiful shine. The watch is also preserved in remarkably crisp condition for its age with nicely brushed lugs, polished bezel, intact pushers and sharp milling on the back.

A predecessor of reference 6034, reference 4537 was available in yellow gold, pink gold and in stainless steel. Research shows that Rolex produced probably no more than 100 watches of this reference, both the steel and gold version combined.

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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