Exclusive Timepieces, Sessions I, II, III 23 –⁠ 24 April 2022 | Monaco

Auction Details

A wide and extremely attractive selection of collectible timepieces from leading collectors, such as Goldberger with the third part of the famous “Rolex Connoisseur Collection”. Also offered: an assortment of the most sought-after contemporary watches such as the platinum Patek Philippe Nautilus, some very rare examples of the Royal Oak, a single owner’s collection of extraordinary Stella dials Rolex DayDates.

Session I
Saturday 23 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 1 to 103
Session II
Sunday 24 April at 10:30 a.m. – lots 104 to 181
Session III
Sunday 24 April at 2:30 p.m. – lots 182 to 273

32 Rolex Almost Never Seen and Extremely Well Preserved, Oyster, Perpetual Automatic Wristwatch, in Pink Gold, Reference 3536, So-called Cylinder Hooded

Estimate: € 30,000 –⁠ 60,000

Sold € 54,600

Lot Description

Model: Cylinder Hooded
Reference: 3536
Case Material: Pink Gold
Bracelet Material: Pink Gold
Year: 1938
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 9 3/4
Case N°: 44 042
Dimensions: 32 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Introduced in the 1930s, reference 3536 by Rolex is an exceedingly rare example of an early Oyster Perpetual Bubbleback, hardly published in literature, scarcely appearing in public and one of the most elusive time-only examples of the firm. Available in stainless steel and pink gold or stainless steel and yellow gold, stainless steel or, such as the present specimen, in fully pink gold. It doubtlessly represents one of the most stylistic models ever made of a bubble back with its concave enlarged bezel and slim straight lugs and probably the most sought after by collectors. The lot here offered has an incredibly well-preserved fully pink-gold case with absolutely deep and crisp engravings on the back, very strong proportions and strikes for the quality of its pink-gold grain de riz bracelet. The silvered dial presents big Arabic numbers and pencil hands both with luminous material and closed seconds track interpose with Arabic 5 seconds, making it a true missing piece for any Rolex collection. An Oyster Perpetual like the present example is absolutely a true rarity: almost never seen with this very special configuration, it has been preserved in an astonishing condition by the previous owner.