Lot 158
  • 158


5,000 - 7,000 USD
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  • diameter 34 mm
• cal. 1556 automatic nickel lever movement, 26 jewels • bark finish gilt dial, applied Roman numerals, sweep center seconds, aperture for day and magnified aperture for date • case and movement signed by maker, dial signed by maker and retailer • 18k yellow gold Rolex President bracelet


The movement is running at the time of cataloguing, however it may require service soon. The dial printing appears slightly unusual due to the texture of the dial, however it show no visible imperfections. The case shows few surface scuffs and was polished during the 1997 Rolex servicing. The bracelet is stretched and measures 175 mm to the interior. The inside of the case back is stamped 1803. The numbers between the lugs read 1803 and 5017053.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. All dimensions in catalogue descriptions are approximate. Condition reports may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome. Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. Please note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and leather bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species.NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

**Please be advised that bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping.

Important Notice regarding importation into the United States of Rolex watches
Sotheby's cannot arrange for the delivery of Rolex watches to the United States because U.S. laws restricts the import of Rolex watches. The buyer or a designated agent may collect the property in the country of sale."

Catalogue Note

The present example was the property of the legendary late American comedian Alan King. Some highlights of his career included being chosen as the Master of Ceremonies at John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961 and the host of the Academy Awards in 1972. Furthermore, he was head Abbott at the Friars Club after Frank Sinatra and Ed Sullivan, and was named Entertainer of the Year award by the Friars Club in 1971. It is thought that King's work inspired many of today's most important comedians, such as Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David.

With Rolex service paperwork from 1997 made out to Mr. King.