Rolex “The steel Precision ref. 4173”

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Model: ,

Year of issue: 1942

Reference number: 4173

Serial number: 052xxx

Condition: mint

Status: sold

Dealer country: Monaco

Price in EUR €: n/a

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Extremely rare steel Rolex Precision ref. 4173, manufactured in 1942. This amazing oversized time-only specimen stands out for its extraordinary condition. The wonderful silvered dial features a delightful succession of big luminous Arabic numerals and baton hour markers which are naturally aged in a charming grey and dark green tone. Definetely a vintage dress watch that fits any occasion. A similar example was sold from Sotheby’s in 2014 Case n.: 052xxx Cal.: Manual, cal. 10.5’’’ Diam.:  35mm Box & Papers: Rolex Manufactured in: 1942


Corrado Mattarelli


Rolex first concentrated on the quality of the movements. The relentless quest for chronometric precision rapidly led to success. In 1910, a Rolex watch was the first wristwatch in the world to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, granted by the Official Watch Rating Centre in Bienne. Four years later, in 1914, Kew Observatory in Great Britain awarded a Rolex wristwatch a class “A” precision certificate, a distinction which until that point in time had been reserved exclusively for marine chronometers. From that date forward, the Rolex wristwatch was synonymous with precision.