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    Sale 1992

    Important Watches

    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 229

    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WATER-RESISTANT WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, DATE AND BROWN DIAL

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, "SUBMARINER", 660FT=200M, MOVEMENT NO. D281664, CASE NO. 4219216, REF. 1680, CIRCA 1975

    Price Realised  

    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE 18K GOLD AUTOMATIC WATER-RESISTANT WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, DATE AND BROWN DIAL
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, "SUBMARINER", 660FT=200M, MOVEMENT NO. D281664, CASE NO. 4219216, REF. 1680, CIRCA 1975
    Cal. 1570 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, mono-metallic compensation balance, adjusted to 5 positions and temperature, brown matte dial with applied luminescent baton, disk and triangular numerals, magnified aperture for date, circular water-resistant-type case with the revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 minutes, screw back and screw-down crown, case, dial and movement signed, with an 18k gold Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp
    39mm diam.


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    The Submariner model was introduced to the market at the Basel Fair in 1954 after having been tested during Professor August Piccard's and his son Jacques' world record dive at a depth of 10,335 feet below the ocean's surface. The model underwent many changes over the years with new references being introduced. The reference 1680 added both the chronometer and date function to the Submariner.

    A rare and unusual facet of the present watch is the dial which over the years has changed from black to a charismatic chocolate brown color.