The rare ref 3335 is the first Rolex chronograph produced with 30-minute and 12-hour registers. It was produced for one year only between 1939 and 1940, only 250 pieces were made in pink, yellow gold and stainless steel cases.
The reference 3335 is illustrated in I Chronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 124-126.
Case in very good overall condition retaining well proportioned lugs and even chamfer to the bezel. The case back case number is legible and crisp. Case back with wear and scratches. Case bands with surface scuffing and light scratches. Some scuffs to the bezel especially between 5-6. Some debris which may benefit from cleaning.
Dial in poor condition with heavy wear, surface spots and patina. Patina creating a cracking effect to the surface of the dial. Outer perimeter with heavier oxidation and debris, especially between 8 and 12. Losses to the lumes. Hands appear relumed.
Chronograph function operating.
The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. "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."
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