Only Online Auction

Geneva, Apr 07, 2021

LOT 123

Ref. 8788, lady’s wristwatch, varicoloured leather bracelets; “Precision”, “Chameleon”; 18K yellow gold

CHF 1,000 - 2,000

EUR 950 - 1,850 / USD 1,100 - 2,200 / HKD 8,400 - 16,800

Sold: CHF 1,500

18K yellow gold, manual-winding, round-shaped, small lady’s wristwatch, with fluted case-band, snap-on case-back, so- called “Chameleon”.

Grading System
Grade: A


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-01


HANDS Original

Brand Rolex, Geneva

Model “Precision”; so-called “Chameleon”

Reference 8788

Year circa 1955-1960

Movement No. unnumbered

Case No. unnumbered (by Manufacture Favre & Perret, La Chaux-de-Fonds)

Material 18K yellow gold

Bracelet black leather Rolex strap

Buckle gilded brass Rolex buckle

Diameter 15.8 mm.

Caliber 6’’’

Dimensions Length 200 mm. (approx.)

Signature dial, case and movement

Accessories original fitted box, two leather Rolex straps in fair condition (brown unnumbered; brown velvet No. 47) with two gilded brass Rolex buckles


Rolex “Chameleon”

This unusual lady’s wristwatch was launched by Rolex in the early 1950’s and remained in production until the 70’s. The model allows the user to change the leather strap almost instantly from one colour to another.

At the time, Rolex promoted the model in America as:

“… the only watch in the world with a WARDROBE. You dress for luncheon … your Chamaleon dresses to match. You change for dinner … so does your Chameleon. Because Chameleon has interchangeable straps. (You can have as many as twenty-eight different colors and materials!) But, quick change artist though it is, this distinctive 18Kt. gold Rolex never varies in accuracy. At the finest Jewelers only.”

The Rolex “Chameleon” was offered in a wide variety of models and was very popular at the time. It is found with round, square or navette-shaped cases, some set with brilliant-cut diamonds.

In many ways the Apple Watch which has a similar feature is reminiscent of this mid-century modern masterpiece.


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