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.