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.

99 Rolex Very Nice and Important Automatic Chronometer Wristwatch in Steel and Gold, Reference 3782, Subsidiary Seconds Dial, Fancy Lugs and Bracelet

Estimate: € 8,000 –⁠ 16,000

Lot Description

Model: Perpetual Chronometer
Material: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Reference N°: 3782
Year: 1938
Case N°: 45701
Movement type: Automatic
Bracelet: Stainless Steel and Yellow Gold
Dimensions: 31 mm
Signed: Dial, case and movement

Exactly five years after inventing the Oyster case, Rolex created, in 1931, a self-winding movement that would rotate 360º with the natural movement of the wearer’s wrist to generate power and was supported by a half-moon shaped oscillating weight. This innovation was at the basis of basically all the Rolex’s next creation and was equipped also on the present reference 3782, of which is believed that Andy Warhol owned one similar. This very nice and unusual watch immediately catches for its conditions and rare composition of stainless steel and yellow gold. This watch is something uncommon for Rolex standards considering the stylish and elegant faceted lugs, apparently a bit more massive if compared to the rest of the whole case. The watch is also equipped with a cool bimetallic Oyster riveted bracelet. The dial is rare and matches perfectly with the material of the case given its salmon color which has aged nicely conferring charming patina while the blue printed closed outer minutes track and applied roman numerals are still untouched. The dial also offers the special designation “chronometer” slightly above the subsidiary dial for seconds. Most Swiss watches are not chronometers, but Rolex takes great pains to insure that its timepieces are in fact real Chronometers. To obtain this certification are needed tests and accreditation from a certified independent standards laboratory normally associated with an observatory that measures the earth’s movement through space. Totally groundbracking and anticonvetional, this watch is the perfect mix of eficiency and elegance.