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

35 Rolex Fine and Historic, Bubbleback, Water-resistant Automatic Wristwatch, in Steel, With Hooded Lugs, Reference 3599, Retailed by Verga

Estimate: € 15,000 –⁠ 30,000

Sold € 32,500

Lot Description

Model: Bubble back
Reference: 3599
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Bracelet Material: Leather Strap
Year: 1942
Movement: Automatic
Caliber: 9 3/4″
Case N°: 206254
Dimensions: 31 mm
Signed: Dial, movement and case

Rolex Bubbleback is one of the most versatile models ever produced by the brand: among the many variants of the legendary “bubble back” series, this very nice hooded lugs reference 3599 is probably the most sought-after one, standing out for its many details and qualities. The three-body steel case, very well preserved and presents a smooth, concave bezel, screw down back and crown and hooded cachet lugs. The mat silver dial has gained a supercool patina which transformed the original color to a light-yellow one and bears luminous batons and Arabic numbers with outer minutes division, feuille gold hands and seconds at six o’clock. At 12’oclock under the Rolex signature is important to underline the crown stamped, it is the logo of an important Rolex retailer: Verga. Since 1947, the Orologeria Luigi Verga has been located only steps away from the Milan Cathedral in via Mazzini. The shop is the result of the work and the efforts of Luigi and his son Valerio Verga, the current business manager. Continuously run as a family business, this store has been able to earn a prominent place for the trade of various watch brands, especially Rolex, on the Milan scene.