Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces
LOT 246
ROLEX REF. 8171 PADELLONE YELLOW GOLD Rolex, Perpetual, Officially Certified, Chronometer, No. 067, Ref. 8171, No. 94380. Made circa 1950. Fine and very rare, self-winding, 18K yellow gold chronometer wristwatch with triple date, moon phases and a goldplated Rolex buckle. Accompanied by a fitted box.
C. Three-body, polished, inclined bezel, inset calendar adjusters on the band, curved lugs, snap-on case back. D. Matte silver with applied gold faceted baton indexes, subsidiary seconds dial, outer minute track and graduation for the days of the month, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases. Yellow gold dauphine hands, blue arrow for the date. M. Cal. 10 1/2''', rhodium-plated, 18 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Super balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring. Dial, case, and movement signed. Diam. 38 mm. Thickness 14 mm.
Estimate: 40,000 USD - 60,000 USD
Estimate: 37,000 CHF - 56,000 CHF
Estimate: 31,000 EUR - 46,000 EUR
Grading system

C 3 D 3-10-50-01 M 3* AAA
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Rolex reference 8171 was produced in very few numbers in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Throughout their entire run, Rolex has only produced two models of moon phase watches. Reference 8171, which features a snap on back, and reference 6062 which features an Oyster screw down back. Similar examples to the present lot appear in "The Best of Time - Rolex Wristwatches", by James M. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess, p. 209.
Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces
13-12-2012