Exclusive Timepieces 22 –⁠ 23 April 2023 | Monaco

Auction Details

The Monaco Legend Group team has put together an astonishing selection of rarities in the horological field. From the Unique Piece Rolex Yachtmaster, former property of the late President of Rolex Patrick Heiniger, to an outstanding example of the Patek Philippe 2523-1. Not to mention the great selection of rarities destined for Middle Eastern market, such as a Rolex Submariner and Daytona from the Sultanate of Oman and a steel Daytona with UAE emblem on the dial.
Many thanks to Auro Montanari, alias John Goldberger, Roberto Randazzo and George Pakkos for their significant help in supervising the catalogue and to Eric Tortella for his assistance in searching for some of our rarest Patek Philippe watches in his database and releasing his passport of authenticity for them.


Session I: Saturday 22 April, 2:30 PM – lots 1 to 100
Session II: Sunday 23 April, 10:30 AM – lots 101 to 164
Session III: Sunday 23 April, 2:30 PM – lots 165 to 261

57 Rolex Very Well Preserved and Elegant, Precision Metropolitan, Round Shape Wristwatch in Pink Gold, Ridged and Graduated Bezel, Reference 8952

Estimate: € 5,000 –⁠ 10,000

Sold € 9,100

Model: Precision Metropolitan
Reference: 8952
Case Material: Pink Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1956
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 1210
Case N°: 232 949
Dimensions: 35.5 mm
Signed: Dial, Case and Movement

Until July 15, 1914, the “Class A” certification, which attested to the highest chronometric precision, had generally been awarded only to large marine chronometers after extremely rigorous tests. Rolex was, in fact, the first to prove that a wristwatch could be just as precise as a marine chronometer—a notion that was scarcely believable at the time. The tiny Rolex wristwatch that was certified by Kew 100 years ago recorded an average daily rate of only +1 second. Considering this, Rolex obtained the well-deserved privilege to write on the dials of its creation “Officially Certified Chronometer” exactly what they did on the reference 8952, of which we have a remarkable specimen. This reference perfectly captured the Rolex’s essence of ingenuity adding a distinctive flair. Its style is essential and basic, set mainly on an elegant aesthetic and a delicate shape. The two-body thin case is in pink gold and is preserved in exceptional conditions, still presenting the seal number, model deposè and crown on the outer part of the case back. The reeded graduated bezel confers a touch of sportiness and breaks the elegant pattern of the whole watch. The silvered dial is clean and presents applied rectangular and tridimensional gold hour markers with alpha hands.