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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 259

    Rolex. A fine and rare 9K two colour gold rectangular doctor's wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial and original box

    SIGNED ROLEX, PRINCE, REF. 971, CASE NO. 73'229, STAMPED WITH GLASGOW IMPORT LETTER FOR 1934

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    Rolex. A fine and rare 9K two colour gold rectangular doctor's wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial and original box
    Signed Rolex, Prince, ref. 971, case no. 73'229, stamped with Glasgow import letter for 1934
    Rectangular-shaped nickel-finished Extra Prima lever movement, 15 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, Arabic numerals, large subsidiary seconds, rectangular white gold case with flared sides, yellow gold bezel, curved yellow gold snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    43 mm. overall length


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    With Rolex Prince burgundy leather covered presentation box.

    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.