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ROLEX. A VERY RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
ROLEX. A VERY RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
ROLEX. A VERY RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
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This lot is subject to standard Swiss VAT rules an… Read more ROLEXSTEEL PADELLONE, REF. 8171
ROLEX. A VERY RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES

SIGNED ROLEX, REF. 8171, CASE NO. 686'184, CIRCA 1948

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ROLEX. A VERY RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES
SIGNED ROLEX, REF. 8171, CASE NO. 686'184, CIRCA 1948
Movement: Automatic
Dial: Silvered
Case: 38 mm. diam.
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The present example of reference 8171 is an extremely appealing representative of this rarified, attractive and extremely sought-after model. The case impresses with its full and sharp overall condition, the calendar correctors in the band seem in excellent condition. The very good overall condition is further enhanced by the clearly visible case number and Rolex crown engraved to the outside of the case back, vital features of reference 8171 and particularly sensitive to polishing or excessive wear.

The charismatic dial has evidently never been subject to any cosmetic enhancement, the attractive ivory patina which has accumulated over the years beautifully harmonizes with the blue outer date ring.

Rolex's celebrated reference 8171, affectionately called ‘Padellone’ by collectors, together with reference 6062, the Oyster version with screw back, were, until 2017, the firm's only two models of a calendar wristwatch with the addition of the moon phase indication. Made in a small series in yellow or pink gold, stainless steel and rare examples in steel and gold, between 1949 and 1952. To the best of our knowledge only 800 were produced in stainless steel.

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