Exclusive Timepieces & Jewels 17 –⁠ 18 Jul 2019 | Monaco LOT 125

125. Rolex An elegant Rolex reference 4498 in stainless steel with fancy lugs

Estimate € 5,000 –⁠ 10,000

Lot Description
Model: Precision
Material: stainless steel
Reference N°: 4498
Year: 1948
Case N°: 609487
Caliber: 10'
Bracelet: leather strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: case and movement

We are in the ’40s, perhaps not everybody knows that beside the automatic bubbleback and the Oysters there was the reference 4498 in steel, with no Oyster case, no chronometer, no seconds sweep center seconds, like the one we offer here today.
The simplicity of style and mechanisms has never been the prerogative of Rolex and for this reason this 4498 represents, in some ways, a rarity. The silver dial is in perfect condition, the large Arabic numerals blend perfectly with the blue steel feuille hands and the subsidiary dial for the seconds at 6 o’clock. To frame an uncut case adorned by fancy lugs and snap on case back.