Exclusive Timepieces 20 –⁠ 21 April 2024 | Monaco

Auction Details

Auction sessions:

  • Session I – Saturday, 20 April, 2:30 PM – Lots 1 to 101
  • Session II – Sunday, 21 April, 10:30 AM – Lots 102 to 178
  • Session III – Sunday, 21 April, 2:30 PM – Lots 179 to 278

Auction preview:

MILANO
Hôtel Mandarin Oriental
Monday 8 April, 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Tuesday 9 April, 10 AM to 6:30 PM
Wednesday 10 April, 10 AM to 2:00 PM

MONACO
Hôtel Méridien Beach Plaza
Thursday 18 April, 11 AM to 8 PM
Friday 19 April, 10:30 AM to 8 PM
Saturday 20 April, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Absentee bid closing:

Saturday, 20 April, 12:00 PM CEST

Live auction opening:

Saturday, 20 April, 2:30 PM CEST

219 Rolex Extremely Rare and Very Collectible, Rectangular Hooded Cylindrical Lugs Wristwatch in Yellow Gold, With Arabic Radium Dial, Reference 3140

Estimate: € 7,000 –⁠ 14,000

Model: Precision
Reference: 3140
Case Material: Yellow Gold
Bracelet Material: Yellow Gold
Year: 1937
Movement: Manual
Caliber: 360
Case N°: 41465
Dimensions: 22 x 38 mm, Total Lenght: 222 mm
Signed: Dial, Movement and Case

Extremely attractive and unusual shape for the period, this specimen is preserved in excellent condition overall. It can be considered without a doubt a very rare watch as reference 3140 appears few times and not many other examples have appeared on the market over the last 20 years. Beyond its extreme rarity, reference 3140 impresses with its absolutely stunning looks. The unusual hooded lugs are extremely fascinating with the bricks bracelet, keep the geometric style of the watch, fully made in yellow gold in a rectangular shape case. Elements of such an unconventional design are incorporated in the dial as well: it is extremely clean and readable, with bold Arabic numerals filled with the radium materials used for the luminescence for that age and at six o’clock the subsidiary dial for constant seconds complete. Preserved in excellent conditions with beautiful dial presenting a super cool tropicalization right at the center, vibrant colors and absolutely sharp edges with deep engravings. Its crisp corners which allow the beholder to properly appreciate the groundbreaking design of this masterpiece as it was originally conceived more than eighty years ago. The opulent art deco appearance of this model stands in stark contrast to the robust, masculine tool watches the company is renowned for today. Nevertheless, style transcends labels, and an exceptional object like this could effortlessly enhance anyone’s wrist, be it decades ago or in contemporary times.

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