Lot 87
  • 87


4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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  • Rolex
Movement: cal. 69 manual winding lever, 17 jewelsCase: 18k pink gold, snap-on backDial: black, applied pink gold lozenge indexesBracelet/clasp/buckle: yellow gold plated Rolex pin buckleDiameter: 29mm Signed: case, dial and movement Accessories: none


DIAL: shows a homogeneous cloudy patina throughout, loss of paint revealing the metallic base of the dial throughout CASE: with signs of wear, a few thin scratches throughout, mainly on the back. No visible serial number. MOVEMENT: working at time of cataloguing, chronograph functions working, minute register correctly working The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
"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."

Catalogue Note

Affectionately nicknamed 'Piccolino' ('little one' in Italian), the Reference 3055, with its diameter of only 30 mm, was advertised as the world's smallest chronograph.
It was produced during two distinctive periods; Firstly during the 1930's, with olive-shaped chronograph pushers, then in the 1950's with rectangular pushers. The present lot belongs to the second series and is particularly attractive thanks to the combination of its pink gold case and black dial.  Reference 3055 is illustrated in Gobbi P., I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 108 – 111.