Sold for: £12,000
It only takes a look at the Phillips “Start-Stop-Reset” chronograph sale to see how collectable such watches currently are, especially steel-cased ones (as were all 88 of Phillips offerings). There are, however, plenty of lower-key sales on the calendar at which an eagle-eyed bidder can bag a bargain, including this gold Rolex ref 2021 that cropped up at Dreweatts.
The 2021 is an unusual and relatively rare watch, being a single-button chronograph produced during the 1930s and 1940s with an exceptionally large-for-the-era case.
The dial is also attractive, featuring a central “snail” seconds track, an outer, telemetric scale and sub-dials for constant seconds and three-minute recording. The look is completed by blued Breguet hands and bold, Arabic numerals.
In summary: This Rolex ref 2021 was not in perfect condition but was, however, original, and at £12,000 probably represented fair value for money. An immaculate model fetched around £33,000 at Phillips Geneva in May.