Lot 130
  • 130

Rolex made for Officine Panerai

30,000 - 40,000 USD
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  • steel
  • width 47 mm
• manual winding movement, 17 jewels • matte black dial, luminescent Arabic and baton numerals, luminescent hands • large cushion-form case, wire lugs, screw-down case back and crown • case, dial and movement signed


Sold Sotheby's Geneva, 18 November 1993, lot 35


The maual movement is running at the time of cataloguing however it is heavily tarnished and would benefit from a service. The dial is aged but overall is in good condition. There is tarnishing to the luminescent hands. The case has scuffs throughout and some indentations to the edge of the screw-down case back and to the bezel at 1 o'clock. Inside case back numbered 1010343, ref 3646.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

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Catalogue Note

In 1938, Rolex produced the first Radiomir Panerai on behalf of Officine Panerai. The Florence-based company had received a commission from the Royal Italian Navy to produce a military-grade wristwatch which not only would keep exact time, but would also withstand severe elements. The production of Ref. 3646 continued until the early 1950s, when it was replaced by Ref. 6152.

For examples of Ref. 3646, see Goldberger, J., 100 Superlative Rolex Watches, pp. 30-31.