Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

New York, Apr 20, 2016

LOT 235

ROLEX REF. 8171 PADELLONE STAINLESS STEEL Rolex, Perpetual, Precision, serial no longer visible, No. 249, Ref. 8171. Made circa 1950. Very fine and rare, self-winding, antimagnetic, stainless steel Chronometer wristwatch with triple date, moon phases

USD 50,000 - 70,000

HKD 390,000 - 545,000 / CHF 50,000 - 70,000

Sold: USD 60,000

Three-body, polished, inclined bezel, concave and curved lugs, snap-on case back, correctors on the band. Matte silver with applied steel dart and pyramidal indexes, Arabic 12, outer minute track, subsidiary dial for the seconds, outermost graduation for the days of the month in blue Arabic numerals, apertures for the days of the week, the months and the moon phases. Steel feuille hands. Cal. 10 1/2''', rhodium-plated, 22 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, Super balance, self-compensating Breguet balance spring. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess, p. 209.

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Grading System
Grade: AAA


Case: 3-8


Slightly scratched

Movement: 3*


Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 3-6-50-01


Slightly oxidized


HANDS Original


Dial, case, and movement signed. DIAM. 38 mm. THICKNESS 14 mm. 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