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    Sale 2161

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    10 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 75

    ROLEX. A RARE AND EXTREMELY FINE LARGE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES

    SIGNED ROLEX, PERPETUAL, CASE NO. 686038, REF. NO. 8171, CIRCA 1950

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    ROLEX. A RARE AND EXTREMELY FINE LARGE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
    SIGNED ROLEX, PERPETUAL, CASE NO. 686038, REF. NO. 8171, CIRCA 1950
    Nickel-finished lever movement, 17 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied Arabic and baton numerals, outer blue date ring with central date hand, day and date apertures, subsidiary dial indicating constant seconds combined with phases of moon, circular case, downturned lugs, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
    38mm diam.


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    Rolex reference 8171 is affectionately refered to as the Padellone by collectors. The present example is in superb condition still retaining extremly crisp engraved case number and Rolex coronet to the case back. This well preserved example is possibly in its original condition as when it left the Rolex manufacture in Geneva and provides a wonderful opportunity to acquire such a spectacular example.

    Rolex 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 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 or in stainless steel are very rare.

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    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION