5 June 2003
Rolex. A rare 14K two-colour gold curved rectangular-shaped wristwatch
Signed Rolex, Prince, Observatory, Brancard model, Ref. 971U, circa 1932
With rectangular-shaped nickel-finished Extra Prima movement, 15 jewels, bimetallic compensation balance, the silvered matte dial with stylized Arabic numerals, blued steel spade hands, large subsidiary seconds, the yellow gold curved rectangular-shaped case with white gold flared sides, engraved inscription to the snap on back, case, dial and movement signed
42 mm. long
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Examples of the Prince Brancard in two-colour gold with the Observatory dial are very rare.
A similar example of this model, reference 917U, is illustrated in The Best of Time - Rolex Wristwatches, by James M. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess, p. 124.
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