Rarer Than The Holy Grail? The Rolex Zerographe, Reference 3346

Rarer Than The Holy Grail? The Rolex Zerographe, Reference 3346

Many Rolex authorities think about the Split-Seconds Chronograph, reference 4113 to be the “Sacred goal” of vintage Rolex. Just twelve were made, just eight have at any point surfaced, and they can bring over 1,000,000 dollars at sell off. Nonetheless, there is a Rolex much more extraordinary and dark than the reference 4113: the Rolex Zerographe, reference 3346.

There are numerous one of a kind angles about this watch. Take a nearby look.

The Rare Zerographe

The reference 3346 is the primary Rolex chronograph, an extravagance watch , to include an in-house development. Past chronographs were based around Valjoux developments, yet the Zerographe, reference 3346 is a 17-gem, manual-wind Rolex development with extra parts added to make a fly-back, stop-seconds function.

When the catch situated at the 2 o’clock position is squeezed, the second hand – which is generally consistently clearing, bounces back to nothing. However long the catch stays squeezed, the recycled will stay at the zero position, and will just beginning moving again once the client delivers the button.

The Rolex Reference 3346 highlights 17 jewels.


While this chronograph capacity may appear to be very crude compared to part seconds developments with numerous sub-dials, it should be noticed that the reference 3346 was underlying 1937. To place that into viewpoint, the United States didn’t enter WWII until 1941; this Zerographe reference isn’t simply vintage; it is incredibly old.

While Rolex’s first at any point in-house chronograph development is adequately favorable to make interest among gatherers, the reference 3346 is additionally the principal Rolex at any point to highlight a pivoting bezel. This may not appear to be critical; anyway pivoting bezels are presently a notorious component of the brand. The way that Rolex’s turning bezel can be followed back to the reference 3346 is sufficient to make the Zerographe critical; notwithstanding, when you likewise factor in Rolex’ first in-house chronograph development, you genuinely have an exceptional watch that has helped shape the historical backdrop of one of horology’s most regarded names.

A pivoting bezel was an enormous accomplishment when this watch originally came out.

The Rolex Zerographe, reference 3346 is so old thus uncommon, that there is basically no notice of it anyplace in true Rolex writing. Part of the purpose for this nonattendance is that the chronograph impediments make the 3346 even more a refined test-idea than a settled plan. It is assessed that Rolex delivered somewhere in the range of seven and twelve 3346s, and just four models are known to in any case be in existence.

The reference 3346 checks all the cases for vintage gatherers: It was the primary Rolex to contain an in-house chronograph development, just as highlight a turning bezel. Moreover, the reference 3346 is exceptionally old, and there were just ever a limit of twelve delivered in any case. Not all Rolex authorities can be fulfilled by a vintage Daytona or even a “Major Crown” Submariner. For those that require indisputably the most significant level of extraordinariness and haziness , there is the Zerographe 3346.