Certain antique watches have special magic that makes people’s hearts beat faster whenever they see them, and the Rolex Ref. 4113 split-second chronograph is one of them. Ref.4113 was manufactured in minimal quantities. The one pictured in this article was produced 1942 during World War II. It is a unique watch. Multiple factors shape its special character, starting with the stainless steel case’s diameter. For a wristwatch from the mid-1940s, 44mm was a little small but quite large.
Why is the watch so big? We can find the answer from the functional configuration. The reason is that the speedometer and rangefinder scales on the dial need to be enlarged to be straightforward to read. Three buttons are located on the right side of the case, one of which is integrated into the crown and is used to control the split-second chronograph function, which is unusual for Rolex.
This watch is impressive enough for its features alone, but it’s more than that. Rolex has never officially released the Ref. 4113 split-second chronograph. It is believed that the brand gave it to relevant racing drivers then. Given the watch size, it is likely that the driver is wearing a racing suit with the swiss replica watch on top or that a team member operates it in the pit area. The total production of Ref.4113 is only 12 pieces, and the provenance of three of them still needs to be discovered.
This is not only a watch with great collectible value, but its unique appearance makes it easy to win admirers’ favor. The stainless steel case is equipped with a narrow and delicate bezel, and the silver dial gradually evolves into a cream color under the baptism of time. The applied hour markers are relatively small, which makes the watch appear larger. All functions are perfectly laid out and easy to read, especially the speedometer and rangefinder scales.
The Ref.4113 split-second chronograph is rarely produced and is one of the most collectible antique Rolex replica watches. Of course, the auction price also matches it. Rolex Ref.4113 rarely appears in the auction market, so once it seems, collectors often compete in bidding. Otherwise, they can only wait for the next opportunity. Phillips auction house has sold two pieces in the past ten years. The most recent auction was in 2019, when Ref. 4113, No. 051’318, sold for 1,940,000 Swiss francs, significantly lower than the price of No. 051’314 three years ago. (2,405,000 Swiss francs), The reason is that the latter’s dial is in better maintenance condition.
Case Size: 40mm
Engine: Rolex Calibre 7750/Mingzhu Engine
Dial Color: White Dial
Band Length: 18cm