ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TACHYMETER AND FRENCH CASE
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TACHYMETER AND FRENCH CASE
ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TACHYMETER AND FRENCH CASE
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ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TACHYMETER AND FRENCH CASE
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ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TACHYMETER AND FRENCH CASE

SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPHE, ANTI-MAGNETIQUE, FRENCH CASE NO. 9146, CIRCA 1950

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ROLEX. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY ATTRACTIVE 18K PINK GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH TACHYMETER AND FRENCH CASE
SIGNED ROLEX, CHRONOGRAPHE, ANTI-MAGNETIQUE, FRENCH CASE NO. 9146, CIRCA 1950
Movement: Cal. 72C, manual
Dial: Silvered
Case: 36 mm. diam.
With: Cartier Paris invoice copy, Rolex service quote dated 02 August 2013
Special notice

This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules and 7.7% VAT will be charged on the ‘hammer’ and the ‘buyer’s premium’

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Remi Guillemin
Remi Guillemin Head of Department, Geneva

Lot Essay

After almost five years as a highlight in an important private collection, we are delighted to be able to offer to Rolex collectors once again this extremely rare pink gold triple calendar chronograph. The dial is stunning and shows no signs of cosmetic intervention and the case retains strong proportions.

The present watch is not only beautifully preserved and very attractive, it also has the distinction of being an extremely rare and highly desirable example of a French cased Rolex pink gold triple calendar chronograph. Only a handful of these French cased special pieces are known publicly across all references and complicated models such as this watch are the rarest of all.

The reason for the existence of the ‘French case’ is that in the climate of political instability during the immediate post-war period the French government forbade the buying of gold from any source except the French state, furthermore it was forbidden to import any finished articles in gold. This included watch cases and so a very small number of examples of both Rolex and Patek watches can be can occasionally be found with unsigned cases bearing French hallmarks from this period.

This fascinating anomaly is an important part of Rolex’s manufacturing history and, like all great Rolex rarities, it has become highly desirable to the collector.
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