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Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

New York, Sep 14, 2011

LOT 229

ROLEX - REF. 16570 ? IVORY RAIL DIAL - EXPLORER II Rolex, ?Oyster Perpetual Date, Explorer II, Superlative Chronometer, Officially Certified,? case No. E 709546, Ref. 16570. Made circa 1990. Fine, two time zone, center seconds, self-winding, waterresistant, stainless steel wristwatch with date, independently adjustable 12-hour hand and a stainless steel Rolex Fliplock Oyster bracelet. Accompanied by original warranty (now void).

C. Three-body, polished and brushed, screwed-down case back and crown, steel bezel graduated in 24 hours, sapphire crystal with cyclops lens. D. Ivory color with luminous round, baton and triangular indexes, outer minute division, aperture for the date. Luminous steel skeleton hands, 24-hour red arrow hand for the second time zone. M. Cal. 3185, rhodium-plated, oeil-de-perdrix decoration, 31 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance adjusted to temperatures and 5 positions, shock absorber, self-compensating Breguet balance spring, Microstella regulating screws, hack mechanism. Dial, case and movement signed. Diam. 40 mm. Thickness 12 mm. Approx. overall length 195 mm.

USD 10,000 - 15,000

CHF 8,000 - 12,000 / EUR 7,000 - 11,000

Sold: USD 11,250


Grading System
Grade: AAA

Excellent

Case: 3

Good

Movement: 3*

Good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original


Notes

The combination of a rail-dial with ivory color change is particularly rare. Furthermore, the dial combined with black collets and hands make this watch one of the most sought after Explorer II?s.