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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 378

    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K white and pink gold rectangular wristwatch with stainless steel and pink gold bracelet


    Price Realised  

    Rolex. A fine and rare 18K white and pink gold rectangular wristwatch with stainless steel and pink gold bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Prince, Railway model, ref. 1527 M, movement no. 76324, case no. 6936, stamped with Glasgow import letter for 1931
    With rectangular-shaped nickel-finished Extra Prima lever movement, 15 jewels, the two-tone silvered dial with Arabic numerals, large subsidiary seconds, the rectangular case with pink gold ends, white and pink gold stepped sides, pink gold curved snap on back, stainless steel and pink gold Rolex link bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    42 mm. overall length

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    Introduced into the market in 1928, the legendary "Prince" and its elegant Art Deco case design has ever since been popular amongst aficionados of the period. The models, always fitted with rectangular cases of different shapes, were advertised as "The Watch for Men of Distinction".

    The strategic placement of the winding and balance wheels to each end allowed the use of a larger balance, resulting in a longer autonomy and increased accuracy. It furthermore enabled a dial design with an enlarged subsidiary seconds dial below the hour dial. From this layout derived the designation "doctor's watch" as the larger seconds dial was practical for functions such as the reading of the pulse.

    The present watch is from the rare reference 1527 series, distinguished by the unusual double-stepped alternating white and pink gold sides. The modern, yet typical Art Deco style case was designed to fit around the wrist and is also called "Railway" because of its aerodynamic look and the stepped sides.

    Made in 1930, this early and elegant example of a "Prince" stands out by its excellent overall condition and the unusual and rare period Rolex stainless steel and pink gold bracelet.

    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.