Rare Watches, Magnificent Jewels & Objets de Vertu
14 January 2019 | Monaco | Lot 11
Rolex Chronograph, ref. 4500, stainless steel case
Estimate € 18,000 – 25,000
Material: Stainless steel
Reference N°: 4500
Year: Circa 1946/1947
Case N°: 497473
Caliber: 13 manual
Bracelet: Leather strap
Dimensions: 35 mm
Signed: Case, dial and movement
Literature: Similar Rolex reference 4500 is illustrated in “I Cronografi Rolex, la Leggenda” by Pucci Papaleo
Launched in the early 1940s, the Rolex reference 4500 was a taste of things to come in terms of chronograph designs from the firm with the crown. The reference 4500 chronograph introduced an all-new case style with straighter, more pointed lugs that are still found on modern Rolex Oyster models, ranging from the Datejust, to the Day-Date, to the Daytona. Prior to its introduction, Rolex had preferred the calatrava-style lugs, with slightly curved lines. It is, furthermore, one of the very rare chronographs in an Oyster case to feature only two counters, doing without the hour totalizer. We offer this very nice example with a lovely age patina at a very reasonable estimate.
Montre Rolex en acier, modèle Chronographe, réf. 4500. Cet exemplaire est l’un des rares modèles chronographes dans une boite Oyster à ne comporter que deux compteurs. Nous vous proposons ce bel exemple orné d’une belle patine à un prix très raisonnable.