241 Rolex Very Well Preserved and Attractive, Chronograph, Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Champagne Dial and Triple Stepped Lugs, Reference 3835, Retailed by Ronchi, Milano

Estimate: €40,000 –⁠ 80,000

Sold €78,000

Model: Chronograph
Reference: 3835
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1938
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 13″
Case N°: 57498
Dimensions: 34 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case
Literature: Sold at Phillips “The Geneva Watch Auction: NINE—Geneva Auctions 11–12 May 2019” as lot 52 for CHF 47,500. A Similar Watch is illustrated in “I Cronografi Rolex—La Leggenda” by Pucci Papaleo at page 37

Since its launch at the end of the ’30s, it is thought that only a small number of the antimagnetic chronograph reference 3835 have been made. Mainly cased in pink gold, the watch was also available in yellow gold with champagne dial like the present example. Characterized by a very unusual case design, the triple stepped lugs exult a strong Art Deco inspiration and give the watch a sculptural and arresting style. But if on one hand, this magnificent decoration makes the watch an absolutely exceptional object, on the other one the presence of so many steps makes it decidedly sensitive to wear and polishing. The fact that the proportions are practically unchanged means that this watch has been used very scarcely, as evidenced by the crisp and untouched lugs and the clearly visible serial numbers on the case back. Preserved in extremely crisp and excellent overall condition, the present watch is a beautiful example of a stylish and non-oyster chronograph. The watch stands out by its charismatic champagne dial, with beautifully raised signature and scales, that proudly features the retailer’s name, Ronchi Milano, just beneath the Rolex signature.