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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 263

    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K white and yellow gold rectangular jump hour wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial

    SIGNED ROLEX, PRINCE, PRINCE RAILWAY MODEL, REF. 1587, MOVEMENT NO. 79'085, CASE NO. 9945, STAMPED WITH THE GLASGOW IMPORT LETTER FOR 1933-4

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    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K white and yellow gold rectangular jump hour wristwatch with two-tone silvered dial
    Signed Rolex, Prince, Prince Railway model, ref. 1587, movement no. 79'085, case no. 9945, stamped with the Glasgow import letter for 1933-4
    Cal. 350TS rectangular-shaped nickel-finished Extra Prima lever movement, 15 jewels, two-tone silvered dial, Arabic five minute divisions, window for the red Arabic jumping hours, large subsidiary seconds, rectangular white gold case with yellow gold ends, white and yellow gold double-stepped sides, yellow gold curved snap on back, gilt Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    23 mm. wide & 42 mm. overall length


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    Introduced into the market in 1928, the legendary "Prince" and its elegant Art Deco case design has ever since been popular not only amongst aficionados of the era. The models, always fitted with rectangular cases of different shapes, were advertised as "The Watch for Men of Distinction".

    The strategic placement of the winding and balance wheels to each end allowed the use of a larger balance, resulting in a longer autonomy and increased accuracy. It furthermore enabled a dial design with an enlarged subsidiary seconds dial below the hour dial. From this layout derived the designation "doctor's watch" as the larger seconds dial was practical for functions such as the reading of the pulse.

    The present watch is from the rare reference 1587 series, distinguished by the unusual double-stepped alternating white and yellow gold sides. The modern, yet typical Art Deco style case was designed to fit around the wrist and is also called "Railway" because of its aerodynamic look and the stepped sides.

    Made in the mid 1930s, this elegant example of a "Prince" stands out by its attractive two-colour case and the near mint overall condition.

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