Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 334

Ref. 3131, self-winding, centre-seconds; “Bubble Back”; 14K pink gold

EUR 3,500 - 5,500

USD 4,200 - 6,600 / HKD 32,300 - 51,000

Sold: EUR 5,070

14K pink gold, self-winding, tonneau-shaped, gentleman’s wristwatch, water-resistant with screwed case-back, gold colour dial with applied suspended Arabic numerals and centre-seconds.

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Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-8-01


Slightly oxidized

Slightly scratched

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Oyster Perpetual” “Officially Certified Chronometer”; so-called “Bubble Back”

Reference 3131

Year circa 1945

Movement No. N 73 472

Case No. unnumbered (by Genex, Geneva)

Bracelet 14K pink gold or gold plated Commander expandable bracelet

Caliber 630, 11 ½ ‘‘‘, with “Super-Balance”

Dimensions 39 x 32.1 mm. / Length 175 mm

Signature dial, case and movement


This reference was made in 500 examples between 1939 and 1946, in 9K, 14K and 18K gold.

- Patrizzi, Osvaldo, Rolex, Collecting Wristwatches, Guido Mondani Editore, Genova, 1998, pp. 123 and 279.
- Patrizzi, Osvaldo, Collecting Rolex Wristwatches, Guido Mondani Editore, Genova, 2001, pp. 144 and 375.

*a 20% import VAT is due on the hammer price with buyer's premium, plus 150€ for termination of temporary export, at buyer's expense, only if it is delivered within the EU