Exclusive Timepieces 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

224 Rolex Very Rare and Unusual, Prince Brancard, Wirstwatch in Steel, With Black Lacquered Dial, Reference 1490

Estimate: € 10,000 –⁠ 20,000

Lot Description

Model: Prince Brancard
Reference: 1490
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1938
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 350
Case N°: 057947
Dimensions: 23 × 42 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

The Prince is probably one of those models that lead the foundations for the ascent of Rolex in watchmaking world. Distinct, refined and elegant this watch is among the most attractive Art Deco wristwatches ever made and one of the symbols of luxury during the Depression-era. Launched in 1928, it has been produced in various versions such as the Classic, the Railway or the Brancard like the present lot offered here. Its special design with a rectangle case and a large dial for the hours and minutes positioned slightly above the seconds was totally unusual for the time and very conformable for checking the heartbeat of the patients, that was the reason which gave this model the nickname of “doctor’s watch”. The watch offered her is a reference 1490 with a stainless steel case with gorgeous flared sides. This soft, curved model has been preserved in really gorgeous conditions with surprisingly deep serial numbers on the back considering that this very watch has been manufactured in 1938. It features an attractive black lacquer dial that remains vibrant and glossy despite its age. The dial, furthermore, features luminous numbers that contrast with the black background. This specific watch has been sold in the Phillips auction in November 2017.