Reference 3330 Rolex antimagnetic chronograph c.1939 – €180,000 (£153,000) at Finarte.
1. Rolex watch – €180,000 (£153,000)
The reference 3330 antimagnetic is one of the rarest pre-Oyster chronographs made by Rolex. Produced in the late 1930s and early 1940s, it features a large 37mm case with a 12-hour register – both popular today but uncommon features at the time. This example, retailed by Italian jeweler Cravanzola, is in virtually unworn condition. It was consigned for sale at Finarte in Rome on June 13 by the daughter of the original owner. He had purchased the watch c.1940 shortly before he was killed during the Second World War. Estimated at €20,000-40,000, it did rather better selling at €180,000 (£153,000).
Only a dozen of these have appeared for sale in the past decade. Another ‘near mint’ 3330 dated 1939 was sold by Phillips in 2016 for a premium-inclusive SFr390,000 (£310,000). Although it had a salmon pink dial without the retailer’s name, it had a serial number that was only nine digits apart from Finarte’s watch.
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