Here is the story: Dr. Crott Auctioneers is going to auction what COULD be (and that “could” is critical to keep in mind…) a Rolex Rattrapante Pocket Watch. This combination; Rolex/Rattrapante/Pocket Watch is something that has never been seen before, which is phenomenal no doubt thinking about the huge writing regarding Rolex. So what do we have here? Possibly one of the most uncommon and most significant Rolex watches ever? A brilliant illustration of restricted (possibly special) creation by the Crown? Or on the other hand an illustration of re-packaging work done by one of those vintage performers? What is sure however, is that we are confronting a profoundly fascinating secret (found on account of watch columnist Gregory Pons).
Until now, the solitary Rolex Rattrapante Chronograph known was the renowned ref. 4113, a wristwatch of which just 8 pieces were at any point fabricated. These amazingly uncommon watches are sell off stars, effectively breaking the 1-million obstruction – for instance, the 4113 sold by Phillips at the “Start-Stop-Reset” closeout , for CHF 2,405,000, to become the most costly Rolex wristwatch at any point sold openly. The Antimagnetique Reference 4113 was made during the 1940s, in 8 examples, all in steel, and as all Rolex chronographs of that time, it was prepared with an out-sourced development (Valjoux). Be that as it may, with the May 6 sale by Dr. Crott coming , we may have a ninth rattrapante chronograph by Rolex… may have.
What do we have here? Taking a gander at the photographs, we can see an exceptionally pleasant, all around saved pocket watch with rattrapante chronograph, remotely sourced development (normal around then), with rattrapante connect engraved “Rolex Genève”. The dial is, obviously, printed with Rolex logo. All the more curiously, the rear of the dial highlight a “ZJ” mark, which alludes to one of Rolex’s dial-creators. The watch is supposed to be from 1955 however could doubtlessly be somewhat more established (the development appears to be more 1930s/1940s) – Rolex now and then utilized more seasoned ébauches and cased them up later. It bears development No. 88305 and case No. 2885. The case is steel and measures 51 mm. On the rear of the case, we can in any case see the green sticker that all Rolexes highlighted when leaving the production. One thing is astounding however, the absence of reference number.
The primary issue with this Rolex Rattrapante Pocket Watch comes from the absence of data, and even all the more significantly, the complete shortfall of references. Whatever the writing you search… In all Rolex writing, there is anything but a solitary notice of a split-seconds pocket watch by Rolex. Never, nowhere… Dr. Crott, in the depiction of parcel 327 , even states “Our enquiries with Rolex failed miserably and no outside Rolex experts had the option to assist us with any information.”
Another highlight notice is that Rolex’s creation of pocket watches was very low. Just a few were at any point fabricated, as for example the ref. 3068, a chronograph pocket watch – see this adaptation sold by Robert Maron , this variant sold by Antiquroum , this form sold again by Antiquorum and at last, this last one sold by Christies . Once once more, this low volume of pocket watches produced by Rolex makes us inquisitive and suspicious about the validness of such a Rolex Rattrapante Pocket Watch.
Thus, thinking about this, there are two potential alternatives. In the first place, the watch is genuine and all things considered, with its EUR 40,000-60,000 assessment, this could be the arrangement of the decade. Envision, a very uncommon or likely special, obscure, unreferenced, unstudied Rolex watch, besides with a rattrapante development, at the cost of a decent (yet not remarkable) vintage Daytona. In the event that specialists and gatherers think this is a legitimate watch, the cost will detonate. Subsequent choice, the watch is basically off-base, and all things considered, the assessment is likewise completely irrelevant. Be that as it may, as clarified by Gregory Pons in his article (in French) , a third choice exist… Suppose fundamental gatherers, specialists and vendors aren’t confident enough in the family of the watch, one authority, who’s possibly a touch more educated or simply more bold, could wager on the realness of the watch. The individual who wins the sale, can accomplish more in-depth research once the watch is in his grasp and additionally in the possession of specialists. Assume they figure out how to validate the watch, and attempt to envision what the cost would be in a future sale! Possibly (just maybe) this watch could be a future record-breaker.
Open question to specialists and collectors: if anybody can help in the confirmation of this watch, all details will be very welcome. We, at Monochrome, can’t affirm this watch, anyway we didn’t need to retain it from you by the same token.
- Dr. Crott 95th Auction – May 6, 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany
- businessmontres.com/Gregory Pons