Hong Kong, May 29, 2022

LOT 550


HKD 2,000,000 - 4,000,000

EUR 242,000 - 484,000 / CHF 254,000 - 510,000 / USD 256,000 - 510,000

Sold: HKD 2,375,000

A very fine and very rare, stainless steel self-winding wristwatch with day, date and moon phases.

Grading System
Case: 2-8

Very good

Slightly scratched

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Rolex

Model Padellone

Reference 8171

Year circa 1950

Movement No. 56678

Case No. 686150, 194

Bracelet Rolex stainless steel bracelet, length 200 mm. (approx.)

Diameter Ø 38 mm

Caliber 10 1/2’’’, 18 jewels

Signature dial, case and movement


The reference 8171 has been for years one of the most sought-after models by collectors. It was produced from 1949 through 1952 in yellow and pink gold as well as stainless steel. This watch was very avant-garde for its time because of its diameter (38 mm.), making it a very modern piece today; an extremely rare collectors’ item. The present lot is distinguished by its beautiful dial and well-preserved case, the engraved serial number and Rolex logo on the case back is still visible and clear. The original two-tone dial shows no signs of restoration featuring a beautiful blue outer track and moonphase. It is very rare to find 8171 in such exceptionally good condition.