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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 20

    Rolex. A fine, rare and large 18K gold self-winding triple calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and luminous numerals and hands


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    Rolex. A fine, rare and large 18K gold self-winding triple calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon and luminous numerals and hands
    Signed Rolex, Perpetual, Officially Certified Chronometer, ref. 8171, movement nos. G 4928 and 67228, case nos. 029 and 7910031 manufactured in 1951
    Cal. A.296 10 1/2''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, the two-tone silvered matte dial with applied gold baton numerals with luminous accents, luminous gold dauphine hands, outer date ring with central date hand, two windows for day and month, subsidiary dial indicating phases of the moon combined with constant seconds, the large circular case with calendar correctors in the band, downturned lugs, snap on back, contemporary gilt Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    Rolex has produced only two different models of moonphase wristwatches, references 8171 and 6062. Both models are automatic, however reference 8171 has a snap on back, while reference 6062, the Oyster version, is fitted with a water-resistant-type screw back.

    Reference 8171 was made in a small series between 1949 and 1952, mostly in yellow gold. Examples in pink gold (see lot 161 in this auction) or in stainless steel are very rare.

    The present watch furthermore stands out by its excellent overall condition, the luminous dot indexes added to the top of the baton numerals and the luminous hands, a highly unusual feature rarely found in a reference 8171 and certainly added upon special request. The case is incredibly crisp and still retains the finely engraved case number and Rolex crown to the case back. The fascinating dial is rich in colour and does not show any cosmetic enhancements but only the best possible ageing. This watch can be considered one of the best preserved gold references 8171 seen in decades.

    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.