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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 168

    Rolex. An extremely fine, rare and large stainless steel automatic triple calendar wristwatch with moon phases

    SIGNED ROLEX, PERPETUAL, PRECISION, REF. 8171, CASE NO. 902'491, MANUFACTURED IN 1952

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    Rolex. An extremely fine, rare and large stainless steel automatic triple calendar wristwatch with moon phases
    Signed Rolex, Perpetual, Precision, ref. 8171, case no. 902'491, manufactured in 1952
    Cal. 10 1/2''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, silvered dial, applied dagger and square-shaped numerals, outer date ring with central date hand, two windows for day and month, subsidiary dial for moon phases and constant seconds, large circular case, calendar correctors in the band, snap on back, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.


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    Rolex has 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 (see lot 349 in this auction), the Oyster version, 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 (see lot 18 in this sale) or in stainless steel are very rare.

    Consigned by a private collector, the present watch furthermore stands out by its excellent overall condition and the attractive silvered dial. The case is crisp and still retains the finely engraved case number and Rolex crown to the case back, the dial does not show any cosmetic enhancements but only some slight ageing.

    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

    The Mondani Collection of Rolex Wristwatches, Antiquorum, Geneva 13 May 2006, lot 200.