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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 78

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel rectangular-shaped wristwatch with black dial


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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel rectangular-shaped wristwatch with black dial
    Signed Rolex, Rolex Prince, Chronometre, retailed by Milan T. Stefanovich, Beograd, ref. 1491HS, case no. 09995, manufactured in 1935
    Cal. TS 300 Ultra Prima rectangular-shaped nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, black dial, gilt printed Arabic numerals, outer railway five minute divisions, large subsidiary seconds, rectangular-shaped case, flared sides, curved snap on back, case signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer, movement signed by maker and stamped by retailer
    43 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 not only of this era. 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 allow 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 celebrated reference 1491 series, distinguished by the flared sides and called "Brancard" from the French word "brancard" for "stretcher". It stands out by its excellent, nearly unused overall condition, the charismatic dial and unusual retailer's signature, even stamped on the movement.

    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.