259 Rolex Extremely Fine, Attractive and Striking, Antimagnetic Chronograph Wristwatch in Steel, With Black Tachymeter and Telemeter Scales Dial, Reference 3335

Estimate: €120,000 –⁠ 240,000

Model: Chronograph
Reference: 3335
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1938
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 22
Case N°: 047496
Dimensions: 38 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement
Literature: Sold at Phillips “Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR—Geneva Auctions 12-13 November 2016” as lot 117

The references 3330 and 3335, chronograph watches made during the early 1940s, exemplify Rolex’s mastery in design: they are among the largest and most avant-garde chronograph wristwatches ever produced by Rolex. Although not part of the instantly recognizable Oyster family, they have gained a distinguished position in the world of the collector’s watches, thanks to the twelve-hour register (a feature which was never available at Patek Philippe for example) and the beautiful case proportions, the perfect effigy of 1940s design. Due to their limited production, oversized case dimensions, and gorgeous aesthetic, they are today considered among the brand’s most desirable chronograph models. Scholars say that only around 250 pieces of reference 3335 were made in pink, yellow gold and stainless steel making this model an absolute chimera for any collectors. Moreover, the lot here offered is one of the nicest ever appeared thanks to the great conditions of the case and of its original black dial with both telemeter and tachymeter scales and stunning silver gilt print. The massive and large 38 mm case with snap on back is in such a well-preserved state of preservation that still allows to clearly read the serial number. The condition, rarity, and sheer beauty of the present watch are sure to impress even the most discerning collectors of the world’s finest watches. This very watch has been sold at Phillips “Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR—Geneva Auctions 12-13 November 2016” as lot 117