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    Sale 1413

    Rare Watches Including Important Private Collections

    16 May 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 37

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL SUPER PRECISION METROPOLITAN, REF. 5500, CASE NO. 286'182, CIRCA 1957

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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Super Precision Metropolitan, Ref. 5500, case No. 286'182, circa 1957
    Cal. 1530 mechanical movement, 25 jewels, matte silver dial, applied faceted lozenge indexes, luminous accents, luminous alpha hands, outer minute divisions, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back stamped “II.57”, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.


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    Rolex reference 5500 was launched in 1957 and could carry various names on the dial ranging from Air King to Explorer to Metropolitan (the present watch) and even Everest. Sometimes the names were replaced and personalized for companies. They could, for example, read Coca Cola, Domino’s Pizza (see lot 265) or Winn Dixie. The case of reference 5500 was slightly smaller than that of later Explorer sister reference 1016.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN