• Lot 52

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


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    Rolex. An extremely fine, rare and large stainless steel automatic triple calendar wristwatch with moon phases, luminous numerals and hands
    Signed Rolex, Perpetual, Precision, ref. 8171, case no. 685'878, manufactured in 1950
    Cal. A.295 CPL nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, silvered dial, raised dagger, square-shaped numerals and Arabic 12 with luminous accents, luminous spade hands, outer blue 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, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.

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    The present "Padellone", as Rolex aficionados affectionately call reference 8171, is a spectacularly well preserved and unusual example. In probably as original condition as when it left the Rolex manufactory in 1950, likely even with the very grey calf-leather strap and buckle, an experts' eye would quickly conclude that the case was never polished, the movement never serviced and the dial never cleaned. In fact, few examples of reference 8171 in any case material display in such impressive manner the original look of this legendary model.

    Another particularity of this example here are the luminous hour markers and hands, harmoniously aged and perfectly matching the "grainé" or grained surface of the dial.

    This watch with its full and incredibly crisp case, perfectly displaying the finely engraved case number and Rolex crown to the back, and the perfectly aged and appealing dial is one of the best opportunities for a Rolex connoisseur to add a trophy specimen to his collection.

    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 339 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 or in stainless steel are very rare.

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    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.

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