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A rare and "fresh-to-market" Vintage Rolex Chronograph
Auction Ended
4 Bids
Reserve Met
Auction Ended On
June 15, 2020
Lot 14
Starting Bid: $20,000
Estimate: $20,000 to $30,000
Manufacturer: Rolex
Year: Circa 1948
Model Name:
Reference: 4768
Case Serial Number:
Condition: Excellent condition. 
Material: Stainless steel and yellow gold 
Bracelet: Black Rolex leather strap with signed gold Rolex buckle.
Item Number: 130053
Movement:        Cal. 72C, manual-winding, 17 jewels.
Signed Case, dial, movement, and bracelet.

Rolex cHRONOGRAPH Stainless Steel

Bob's does NOT charge a buyer's premium – what you bid is what you pay.

Condition Report


Excellent original later dial with gold indices and gold hands. Dial has patina and shows signs of aging around outside of dial. 


Excellent original steel and gold case with light wear from use. 


Excellent original black crocodile Rolex strap with gold Rolex buckle. 

Box and Papers

Bob's presentation box, Certificate of Authenticity, and warranty card.

Catalog Essay:

Rolex had been producing chronograph wristwatches long before the introduction of the Daytona collection in 1963. Additionally, many of these early Rolex chronograph watches did not feature the brand’s now-signature waterproof Oyster case, and instead relied on traditional winding crowns, snap-on casebacks, and pump-style chronograph pushers. As they did not feature Rolex’s now-standard Oyster cases, these vintage chronograph models represent significant aesthetic departures from the modern watches that Rolex sells today.

Among these early, Rolex chronograph watches is the reference 4768. Launched in 1947, the model holds the title of being the brand’s first ever antimagnetic triple calendar chronograph wristwatch, and is often known as the ‘Dato-Compax’ among collecting circles. Production of the Rolex reference 4768 was relatively short lived, and it is believed that approximately only 220 examples were produced in total, across all different metal variations.

This particular example has an estimated production date of 1947, and it features a two-tone construction of stainless steel and yellow gold. Unlike Rolex’s various Oyster case watch models, the ref. 4768 triple calendar chronograph features a round case with faceted teardrop lugs that make for a much more refined and elegant aesthetic than the more purpose-built tool watches from Rolex’s archives.

An already exceptionally rare vintage Rolex reference that is seldom seen at auction, the desirability of this particular example is further enhanced by its untouched original dial that has developed a beautiful patina that is particularly sought-after among vintage collectors. Truly unlike any of the watches in Rolex’s current portfolio, the reference 4768 is representative of a remarkable and unusual time from the early days of Rolex’s long and storied history.


MOVEMENT: Movement is functioning. Watch comes with Bob's Watches one year warranty. 

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