Rolex - The Geneva Watch Auction: XVII Geneva Saturday, May 13, 2023 | Phillips
  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1945
    Reference No: 4062
    Case No: As the original sticker is present, the case number is underneath and cannot be read without removing the sticker
    Material: 18K yellow gold
    Calibre: Manual, cal. 23, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Alligator
    Clasp/Buckle: Gold plated Rolex pin buckle
    Dimensions: 36mm Diameter
    Signed: Case, dial, movement and buckle signed
    Accessories: Accompanied by Rolex presentation box and hang tags.

  • Catalogue Essay

    Introduced in the early 1940s, the Rolex Anti-Magnetic chronograph reference 4062 bears a design that perfectly reflects and incapsulates the exciting era for chronograph timepieces. Admired for featuring unusual coin-edged casebands and elongated teardrop lugs, the particular design is precisely what made the reference famous amongst collectors.

    Released in various case metals ranging from yellow gold, like the present example, pink gold, stainless steel and two tone, the slim and elegant case measures a comfortable 36mm in diameter. The refined case features square pushers that harmoniously match with the slim case. In most probably unworn condition since the 1940s, the present example is the closest you can get to an untouched example still featuring its original design, angles, and glass. Still retaining its original factory Rolex sticker, we were not able to read the timepiece's case number, hence leaving this satisfying and intriguing opportunity to the savvy collector that will acquire the timepiece.

    A sight to behold, the dial is in equal excellent condition as its case. Featuring a stunning two-colour red and blue telemeter and tachymeter scale, this configuration grants the timepiece an incredibly striking and vibrant appearance. As an added bonus, all applied radium is intact and fully original, and has evenly aged to a remarkably charming sand hue.

    A highly collectible timepiece, the present untouched Rolex reference 4062 is one of the nicest examples to ever appear on the market in recent times. The accessories that accompany the present timepiece narrate a story as intriguing as the watch itself. Most probably offered in the 1940s by an official Rolex retailer, the timepiece must have not had much success until the 1980s where in an attempt to entice new customers it was given more contemporary accessories. Almost 35 years later, the watch is being offered again, still in pristine condition, in its final effort of being acquired by a loving and astute collector. Further featuring its original caseback sticker, this is truly a unique opportunity for lovers of vintage chronograph timepieces to acquire a time capsule that has resisted the test of time with flying colours.

  • 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 very fine, rare and extremely well-preserved yellow gold chronograph wristwatch with silver dial, red telemeter and blue tachymeter scale

Circa 1945
36mm Diameter
Case, dial, movement and buckle signed

CHF25,000 - 50,000 

Sold for CHF165,100

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The Geneva Watch Auction: XVII

Geneva Auction 13 - 14 May 2023