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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 12

    Rolex. A fine and early 9K gold cushion-shaped wristwatch with enamel dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER, REF. 2081, CASE NO. 37'271, STAMPED WITH GLASGOW IMPORT LETTER FOR 1937

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    Rolex. A fine and early 9K gold cushion-shaped wristwatch with enamel dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster, ref. 2081, case no. 37'271, stamped with Glasgow import letter for 1937
    Circular nickel-finished lever movement, 15 jewels, gilt protective cover, enamel dial, Arabic numerals, subsidiary seconds, cushion-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back and Patent Oyster screw down crown, wire lugs, case, dial and movement signed
    32 mm. wide


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    The present watch is a fine and early example of Rolex's celebrated "Oyster" model, the world's first waterproof and airtight wristwatch launched in 1926. It marked the first of many record-setting marketing events when in 1927 Mercedes Gleitze swam the English Channel in the record time of 15 hours and 15 minutes, wearing a Rolex watch. When she emerged, the watch had kept perfect time.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of a discerning European Collector