Rolex. An attractive and very rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch
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Rolex. An attractive and very rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, REF. 4242, CASE NO. 247'407, CIRCA 1943

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Rolex. An attractive and very rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, ref. 4242, case no. 247'407, circa 1943
Automatic jeweled movement, engraved steel rotor, silvered brushed dial, luminous dot, dagger and arabic numerals, engine-turned subsidiary dial for constant seconds, circular water-resistant-type case, downturned beveled lugs, screw back, screw-down crown, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
35 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 4242 is so elusive that until 2012 it was unknown to the auction market. It is an important piece of the puzzle of the evolution of Rolex waterproof timepieces, evolution that culminates in the familiar oyster case. The present model, while already with screw back and screw down crown, is still quite far away from the final oyster design, much closer instead to typical period designs.
On top of the historical interest of the model, this specific example shines for its remarkable condition, both of the dial and of the case as well.

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