• IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A  auction at Christies

    Sale 1369

    IMPORTANT WATCHES Including A CONNOISSEUR'S VISION

    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 155

    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold rectangular doctor's wristwatch

    SIGNED ROLEX, PRINCE, REF. 971U, CASE NO. 67'940, STAMPED WITH GLASGOW IMPORT LETTER FOR 1929

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    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K gold rectangular doctor's wristwatch
    Signed Rolex, Prince, ref. 971U, case no. 67'940, stamped with Glasgow import letter for 1929
    Rectangular-shaped nickel-finished Extra Prima lever movement, 15 jewels, silvered dial, Arabic numerals, large subsidiary seconds, rectangular case, curved snap on back, flared sides, case, dial and movement signed
    26 mm. wide & 43 mm. overall length


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    The Rolex Prince model is amongst the most attractive Art Deco wristwatches ever made. Produced between the late 1920s until the mid 1930s, it features a, for the period, very unusual design: a rectangular case with elegantly flared sides and a dial with hours and seconds indication of the same size. Reference numbers 971, 971A and 971U were cased in several versions comprising 9K, 14K and 18K yellow, white or pink gold, platinum, silver, stainless steel or combinations

    Often called "Doctor's Watch" because of the large hour and seconds indication on the dial, allowing the easy timing of pulse and respiration, the Prince model enjoys great popularity amongst collectors.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
    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.