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
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
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.
The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘