Geneva, May 07, 2022

LOT 106

Property of a Portuguese family

CHF 20,000 - 40,000

EUR 19,800 - 39,600 / USD 21,500 - 42,900 / HKD 170,000 - 338,000

Sold: CHF 67,500

A very fine, extremely rare, manual wind, stainless steel wristwatch with fly-back function

Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 2-8

Very good

Movement: 3*
Dial: 2-6-01

Very good

Slightly oxidized

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Switzerland

Model Oyster Zerograph

Reference 3479

Year circa 1940

Case No. 161483

Diameter 29.5 mm.

Caliber 17 jewels

Signature Dial, case and movement


Following the tremendous result of the last Rolex Zerograph reference 3346 that sold in our last auction on May 9th 2021 (lot 292 sold for CHF 225’000), it is with great pleasure to offer yet another rare Zerograph (known sometimes as the Centregraph) but this time featuring a smooth bezel. Still fitted with its original radium dial that has patinated the dial to a warm copper color and with a reading of 1.55 on the geiger counter confirming the presence of the original radium and with clear and crisp numbers on the outercaseback, these small flyback chronographs are extremely rare with only a handful having appeared on the market in the last 20 years. In fact this is the first example of a reference 3479 having been offered by Antiquorum and in full original condition.