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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3539

    ROLEX, "EXTRA PRECISION" REF. 2849 LIFESAVER

    STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL-WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH WIDE STEPPED BEZEL

    CASE 43860, CIRCA 1938

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    ROLEX, "EXTRA PRECISION" REF. 2849 LIFESAVER

    STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL-WINDING WRISTWATCH WITH WIDE STEPPED BEZEL
    CASE 43860, CIRCA 1938

    Calibre 8''' 3/4 Hunter, 18 jewels, screw balance, matte black dial with gilt hour markers, recessed small seconds, three-part case with gilt-plated periphery, wide stepped bezel, screw-down case back and crown, case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 32 mm.


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    US$6,000-8,100
    EUR4,600-6,200

    Advertised as "Oyster de Luxe", reference 2849 is sometimes collectively known as "Lifesaver" for its close resemblance to the lifebelts found in the nautical world.

    At the time the model went into production, men's watches were becoming larger, and the concept behind the design of the "Lifesaver" was an attempt by Rolex to emphasise the smallness of the watches rather than hide it, with wide bezel and a tiny dial. The model is also the first exaggerated style Rolex "Oyster".

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.
    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.