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15 April 1999
ROLEX. A 14K GOLD SELF-WINDING WATERPROOF BUBBLE BACK WRISTWATCH WITH SWEEP CENTER SECONDS AND LATER QUEEN MARY DIAL
signed rolex, oyster perpetual, reference 3131, circa 1940
With nickel-finished lever movement, the later cream matte dial with arabic and baton numerals, sweep center seconds and the image of the Queen Mary, the tonneau water-resistant-type bubble back case with chamfered bezel, screw back and screw down crown, together with a 14K yellow gold Rolex buckle, case and movement signed.
Formerly in the collection of Hans Ravenborg. Sold Christie's London, 30 September, 1997, lot 122.
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The model 3131, in 18K yellow gold, was produced in only 500 examples between 1939 and 1946.
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