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Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 124

Ref. 2916, chronograph, minute counter; “Precision”; stainless steel

CHF 8,700 - 13,000

EUR 8,000 - 12,000 / USD 9,600 - 14,400 / HKD 75,000 - 112,000

Sold: CHF 11,000

Stainless steel, manual-winding, round-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, snap-on case-back, stepped hooded lugs, silver colour dial with subsidiary seconds at 9 and two horological complications:
· 1/5 second chronograph (activated by the two olive-shaped push-pieces) with telemetric scale graduated for 1 000 metres and tachometric scale graduated for 2 000 metres
· Half-instantaneous 30-minute counter (subsidiary dial at 3 o’clock)

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-53-01-05



HANDS Original

HANDS Luminous material reapplied

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Reference 2916

Year circa 1937

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. 031 644

Material stainless steel

Bracelet black leather Rolex strap

Buckle stainless steel Rolex buckle

Diameter 33.4 mm. (bezel)

Caliber 13’’’ (based on Valjoux 23 by Reymond Frères, Les Bioux, Vallée de Joux)

Signature dial, case and movement


Rolex, Reference 2916

This reference is part of a small series of “non-oyster” (snap on-case back) chronographs given reference numbers 2916, 2917, 2918, 2919, 2920 and 2937, distinguished by their avant-garde case shapes, all with olive-shaped push-pieces.

Launched in the mid-1930s (probably in 1937) and made in very small series only (could be less than 30 per a reference), these unusual creations probably never went above the experimental stage, most certainly due to the uncertain commercial success of the revolutionary design.


The purchase price payable by a buyer will be the sum of the final bid price plus the buyer’s premium, together with any applicable sales or compensating use tax. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer’s premium is payable as follows: 25% of the hammer price on each lot.

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