Exclusive Timepieces 7 –⁠ 8 December 2019 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide selection of very fine vintage timepieces, property of various prominent collectors will be presented in this sale. Including a fine selection of Longines Chronograph coming from one of the most important collections worldwide.

12 Rolex Very Desirable and Iconic Chronograph Antimagnetic Square-Shape Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 3529, With Original Patinated Dial

Estimate: € 8,000 –⁠ 16,000

Lot Description

Model: Chronograph Antimagnetic
Material: Pink Gold
Reference N°: 3529
Year: 1930s
Case N°: 53468
Movement type: Manual
Bracelet: Leather Strap
Dimensions: 26 x 26 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Symbol of numerical perfection, rationality and essentiality, the perfect geometric regularity of the square has been explored in various fields and periods: classical and modern architecture, art in all its form and contemporary technology with its pixels. A spiritual but solid figure, the square appears to have something magical, capable of captivating. For this reason Rolex has used it to give birth to some very special creations, such as the reference 3529. Launched in 1939 and in production until 1942 circa, at the time was the smallest wristwatch ever produced. It also represented the first Rolex’s square chronograph and the unique water-resistant one of the Swiss brand. Only 62 specimens combining stainless steel, yellow gold and pink were produced making this watch an absolute rarity among collectors. Its composition is kind of a “contradiction” with the gently circular shaped tachometer scale drawn on the dial, to totally break the patterns of a watch uniquely characterized by “sharp” details, such as the chronometric buttons, the Roman numerals, the stick indexes and, obviously, the case. Usually, ref 3529’s dials are silvered displaying two attractive engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds and 30 minutes registers but some other rare examples of 3529 feature either an inner spiral blue tachymeter scale or outer red tachymeter scale with 1/5 second graduation. This lot is a representative of this limited family. The case has been realized in pink gold and nicely conserved on whose snap on back are very deep and clear the case number, reference and crown logo engraved. The very rare combination of pink gold case and pink dial further amplify the appeal and collectability of this amazing watch. The aged patina which have read on this “taste dial” is really fascinating with blue roman and baton numerals. The present timepiece can be considered an absolute textbook regarding the case design and construction methodology Rolex used for these early, rare square timepieces.