246 Rolex Very Well Preserved and Elegant, Round Shape Dress Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, Reference 8940

Estimate: €6,000 –⁠ 12,000

Sold €8,450

Model: Chronometre
Reference: 8940
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1955
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 1210
Case N°: 88003
Dimensions: 36 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

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 8940, 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 classic, set mainly on an elegant aesthetic and a delicate shape. The two-body thin case is in yellow gold and is preserved in exceptional conditions, and it is an absolute rarity: not the common oyster case, this round watch with its special lugs make it a perfect dress timepiece for every day. Finally, the champagne hue of the dial reflects light ever-so-slightly in a variety of directions, it is clean and presents applied dart and tridimensional gold hour markers with alpha hands.