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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: 1946
    Reference No: 4062
    Case No: 569'372 and 368
    Material: Stainless steel and 18k pink gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 23, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Leather
    Clasp/Buckle: Stainless steel pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm. Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed
    Literature: The present watch is illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 140 - 143.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Rolex’s reference 4062 is a timepiece that can easily be compared to chronographs made by Vacheron Constantin and Patek Philippe in terms of elegance and sophistication.

    This reference was produced from 1942 until approximately 1963 and cased in a variety of metals, ranging from yellow gold, pink gold, stainless steel, to stainless steel and gold combinations.

    The present lot in steel and rose gold is a rarer version featuring a ribbed band emphasizing the watch’s cachet.

    In overall excellent condition, featuring a very desirable and rare pulsation scale dial and a playful steel and pink gold case, the present lot stands out from Rolex’s traditional production and will speak to the collector looking for a vintage “dress” chronograph showing tasteful restraint and refinement.

    The fact that publisher and scholar extraordinaire Pucci Papaleo chose this timepiece to be featured in his book dedicated to Rolex chronographs speaks volumes about the quality, beauty and rarity of this watch.

  • Artist Biography


    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Ref. 4062
A rare and elegant stainless steel and pink gold chronograph wristwatch with pulsation dial and coin-edge band

36mm. Diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

CHF20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for CHF43,750

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The Geneva Watch Auction: FIVE

Geneva Auctions 13 – 14 May 2017