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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 305

    Rolex. A Limited Edition Stainless Steel Automatic Regatta Chronograph Wristwatch with Retrograde Countdown and Bracelet


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    Rolex. A Limited Edition Stainless Steel Automatic Regatta Chronograph Wristwatch with Retrograde Countdown and Bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Yacht-Master II, Ref, 116680, Case No. X4'8W5'074, Circa 2014
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. 4161, 42 jewels
    DIAL: white, applied luminous square numerals, luminous hands, subsidiary seconds, sector for retrograde regatta countdown
    CASE: stainless steel tonneau-shaped, chronograph and countdown function operated by the revolving blue Cerachrom bezel and two round buttons in the band, screw back, screw down crown, 44 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial and movement
    BRACELET/CLASP: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp, overall approximate length 180 mm.
    ACCOMPANIED BY: Rolex International Guarantee printed Mercurio S.A., Panama and dated January 20th 2014, a Canal de Panama 100th year Anniversary Certificate confirming the present watch is part of a limited edition of only 150 examples produced in steel, product literature, Canal de Panama commemorative plate, Canal de Panama commemorative badge and a Rolex green leather folder

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    A regatta timer is used by the skipper of a yacht to determine when their vessel can cross the starting line. The countdown is usually under ten minutes, allowing the boats to prepare for the race ahead by tacking back and forth at the starting line. Having a precise timer at this point is essential as not be be penalized by crossing the staring line preemptively.

    The Yacht-Master II has a flyback regatta timer that allows the wearer to time the countdown for a chosen period of up to ten minutes. In addition, the countdown can be adjusted while in use so that it can be as accurate as possible in accordance to the audible signals given at the start of race. The blue “Command Bezel,” as named by Rolex, can be turned to set the countdown timer and the re-set button allows the seconds hand to fly back to zero and the minute hand to fly to the nearest minute, allowing for incredible precision.

    With a strong nautical feel, the present watch stands out because of its bright blue bezel, red countdown hand and large white dial. Furthermore, this special limited edition timepiece celebrates 100 years of The Panama Canal, a 77 kilometer ship canal which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, first used in 1914.

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