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.

134 Rolex Very Rare and Attractive “Coin Edge” Precision Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Reference 3580, With Center Seconds Guilloche’ Dial, With Rolex Bracelet

Estimate: € 12,000 –⁠ 24,000

Lot Description

Model: Precision
Material: Pink gold
Reference N°: 3580
Year: 1930s
Case N°: 53719
Movement type: Manual
Bracelet: Pink Gold
Dimensions: 30 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Rolex first decided to concentrate on the quality of the movements and its relentless quest for chronometric precision rapidly led to success. In 1914, Kew Observatory in Great Britain awarded a Rolex wristwatch as class “A” precision certificate, a distinction which until that point in time had been reserved exclusively for marine chronometers. From that date forward, the Rolex wristwatch was synonymous of precision. It’s not a case that the English origin brand decided to call one of its models simply “Precision”, to emphasize and make this ability and peculiarity even clearer. The present lot is an exclusive example of reference 4224 with special features. The first interesting thing is the very nice pink gold bracelet with lines of two or three large eggs in beautiful condition. The 18k pink gold case is an absolute rarity, because the classic production of this reference included the use of a smooth case while a small handful of them were made with special knurled lugs and coin edges and even less are those passed at auction. If you then add an optimal overall condition, a graduated engine-turned bezel and the caliber 700 equipped on it, then this becomes an absolute valuable watch. The guilloché dial with honeycomb decoration, Arabic indexes and applied darts further enriches an object that deserves to become part of a prestigious collection.