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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 189

    Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare 18K pink gold self-winding water-resistant triple calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon, bracelet and star dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, REF. 6062, CASE NO. 690047, MANUFACTURED IN 1950

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    Rolex. A very fine and extremely rare 18K pink gold self-winding water-resistant triple calendar wristwatch with phases of the moon, bracelet and star dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, ref. 6062, case no. 690047, manufactured in 1950
    Cal. 9 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, the silvered matte dial with applied pink gold star-shaped and luminous dagger numerals, pink 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, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and screw down crown, downturned lugs, 18K pink gold Rolex Jubilée bracelet and clasp stamped 1.53, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.


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    During the early 1950's, Rolex launched reference 6062, which is seen by many collectors as the ultimate Rolex wristwatch. In fact, together with reference 8171 (see lots 59 and 63 in this auction), it is one of only two models to show the date, the weekday, the month and the phases of the moon. It was also the first Rolex model ever to be fitted with the so-called Super-Oyster Crown.

    Only very few examples of reference 6062 were made - cased in either yellow or pink gold, or even more rarely, in stainless steel. To further enhance the watch's individuality and exclusivity, a variety or dial designs were available, few with the most popular star-shaped numerals.

    The present watch is one of the most beautiful and desirable examples of this legendary reference: made in 1950, it is cased in pink gold and still retains its original Jubilée bracelet, a rarity by itself.

    Overhauled by Rolex in Geneva in 1991, it is preserved in outstandingly original and unspoilt condition and fitted with the highly sought after "star" dial, representing an extremely fine collector's watch.

    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.


    Provenance

    Formerly the Property of the late Ibn Saud, King of Saudi Arabia
    The father of the present owner worked for the Saudi Government in Saudi Arabia from 1951 to 1957. While stationed in Riyadh, he and his wife met one of King Ibn Saud's personal physicians, a German doctor from Krefeld, with whom they became friends and spent holidays in the Royal Oasis.

    The physician had received numerous wristwatches as gifts from King Ibn Saud and asked the father of the present owner to help him selling these to the other Europeans living in Riyadh, mostly German and Swiss citizens.

    While looking through the collection, this watch immediately attracted his attention and he and the physician came to a satisfying agreement. Since this day, the watch has been the property of the same family.

    For two watches signed Patek Philippe, made to commemorate Saud bin Abdul Aziz, King of Saudi Arabia from 1953 to 1964 and son of the founder of Saudi Arabia and the country's first King Abd al-Aziz ibn Saud see lots 217 and 218 in this auction.


    Pre-Lot Text

    FORMERLY THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE IBN SAUD, KING OF SAUDI ARABIA