The present "Padellone", as reference 8171 is affectionately called by collectors, is distinguished by its very original and charismatic condition. The case has not been subject to careless polishing, underlined by the clearly visible hallmark to the side. Its original dial displays a very attractive, uniform champagne patina, beautifully enhancing the overall appeal of this legendary model.
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, 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.