Offered for sale is possibly the rarest Rolex watch we have ever presented for sale – a Rolex Precision, circa 1951. This is no ordinary Rolex Precision though; bearing the Reference 8029, this watch was fitted in an oversized, 37mm steel case. However, the Reference 8029 is not what make this example so spectacular and rare. Upon closer inspection, you will notice that this example deviates from the normal 8029-fare, as it features both a center and subsidiary seconds dial and hand combination! Although the rationale behind these rare Rolex four-handed watches is murky (other examples can be seen on the Rolex Semi-Bubbleback reference 5028 from the same era), it is presumed that these were designed for use by medical professionals, for easier legibility when timing during operations. The present watch is the only example of a four-handed configuration on a reference 8029 in the world (that we know of or can find).
The condition of this rare Rolex Precision is incredible. The case is unpolished, with original and defined beveled lugs, and shows the serial number and Rolex coronet crisply on the outside of the caseback. In addition, the dial is mint, with only the lightest of aging, exceptionally well-preserved.