Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces.

Geneva, May 13, 2018

LOT 155

ROLEX, TRIPLE DATE CHRONOGRAPH WITH FRENCH MADE CASE A fine and very rare, manual wind, triple date chronograph pink gold wristwatch with French made case.

CHF 15,000 - 25,000

HKD 120,000 - 200,000 / USD 15,000 - 25,000

Sold: CHF 16,250

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-8-01

Very good

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex

Year Circa 1954

Bracelet Anonymous 18k yellow gold riveted elastic bracelet (repairs needed)

Numbers Case N. 10'574

Caliber 72C

Dimensions 36 mm.

Signature Dial and Movement.


For a long time, French cased Rolex watches remained a mystery. Scholars often thought that the original cases had been melted and then recased in France later; the mystery was solved when a similar triple date chronograph was sold last year at Christies Geneva (Lot 195, November 13, 2017) . The watch came accompanied by a copy of a Cartier invoice from 1953 and the watch was later submitted to Rolex in 2013 at which point an overhaul proposal was established. This case number is less than 1500 case numbers away and despite having another case shape is the exact same configuration. A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the iconic Rolex watches with a French made case.