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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 337

    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K two colour gold rectangular doctor's wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial


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    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K two colour gold rectangular doctor's wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed Rolex, Prince, ref. 971A, case no. 68'595, stamped with Glasgow import letter for 1930
    With rectangular-shaped nickel-finished Observatory Quality lever movement, 15 jewels, the two-tone silvered dial with Arabic numerals, large subsidiary seconds, in rectangular yellow gold case with curved yellow gold snap on back, the yellow gold bezel with striped white and yellow gold ends, white gold flared sides, case, dial and movement signed
    25 mm. wide & 42 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 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.