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    Sale 2041

    Important Watches

    12 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 49

    ROLEX. A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, 24 HOURS, DATE AND BRACELET

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, EXPLORER II, STEVE MCQUEEN, MOVEMENT D701268, CASE NO. 3804400, REF. 1655, CIRCA 1972

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    ROLEX. A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS, 24 HOURS, DATE AND BRACELET
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL DATE, EXPLORER II, STEVE MCQUEEN, MOVEMENT D701268, CASE NO. 3804400, REF. 1655, CIRCA 1972
    Cal. 15701 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, black matte dial, luminescent numerals, 24 hour hand, magnified aperture for date, circular water-resistant-type case, calibrated bezel, screw back and screw-down crown, case, dial and movement signed, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp
    39mm diam.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNERS

    The following two lots consigned by their original owners are fine examples of the enduring quality and sense of adventure associated with the Rolex brand. Both watches are eyewitness to exploration whether on the peaks of the Grand Tetons or witnessing the first man on the moon. The gentleman who consigned the Explorer II is a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society and Explorers Club. An active mountaineer for over 40 years he has climbed peaks from across the Americas to Europe and Russia.

    The gentleman who consigned the Daytona Cosmograph worked with a subsidiary of General Electric-Apollo Division during the important Apollo 11 mission in which Neil Armstrong and Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin became the first men to walk on the moon. The owner was at the forward most site conducting research at the request of Dr. Kurt Debus, then director of the Kennedy Space Center when Apollo 11 lifted off on June 16, 1969 making its historic flight to the moon. Due to the proximity to the launch site, he states that at lift off, "my insides shook hard".