Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Geneva, Nov 13, 2016

LOT 477

ROLEX REF. 3835 YELLOW GOLD Rolex, "Antimagnetic", Ref. 3835. Case No. 57484. Made in 1946. Very fine and very rare, 18K yellow gold gentleman's wristwatch with square button chronograph, registers, tachometer, telemeter and a gold-plated Rolex buckle.

CHF 25,000 - 35,000

HKD 200,000 - 280,000 / USD 25,000 - 35,000

Sold: CHF 40,000

Three-body, polished and brushed, stepped and graduated odeonesque lugs, stepped bezel. Rose with painted black baton indexes and Arabic 12, subsidiary dials for the seconds, the 12-hour and 30-minute registers, outer tachometer and blue telemeter graduations. Blued steel "baton" hands. Cal. 13''', rhodium-plated, 17 jewels, straight line lever escapement, monometallic balance, self-compensating Breguet balancespring, index regulator.

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Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Dial, case and movement signed. DIAM. 33 mm. THICKNESS 12 mm. Property of the Original Spanish Family The REFERENCE 3835 is an impressive ROLEX chronograph due to its large triple overhanging lugs despite its size of 33 mm. Consigned by the original family, its provenance is further enhanced by its crisp Spanish importation gold marks found on the lower right lug. Not only are all the outer case numbers deep and crips, the case is virtually unpolished and amazingly the dial has been conserved in near mint condition, with beautiful raised enamel, crisp blue telemeter scale and perfect champagne color. The best example of a 3835 ever to be offered at auction.