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KING MIDAS, REF 3580 WHITE GOLD LEFT-HANDED BRACELET WATCH CIRCA 1974
Dial: silvered
Calibre:
cal. 650 manual winding, 18 jewels
Case:
18k white gold, screw-down back
Case number:
3'707'894, 1043
Closure:
integrated 18k white gold Rolex bracelet and double-folding clasp
Dimensions:
27 mm
Signed:
case, dial and movement
Accessories:
none
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Catalogue Note

Inspired by Greek mythology, the watch takes its name from King Midas. The story of the mythological King Midas is one of great tragedy but also of happiness. Known for his obsession with gold, he asked Dionysus - god of wine and revelry - to grant him a wish: for everything that he touched to turn into gold. He soon realised his fortune was a curse when his own daughter turned into a gold statue whilst embracing her. Dionysus felt sorry for King Midas and reversed the curse. From then on, he decided to share his great fortune with his people, ultimately becoming a better person and more beloved king.

Designed by Gérald Genta, Rolex released the watch in 1964, and at the time it was the heaviest, gold watch money could buy. Exuding extravagance, it was designed for a select few, appealing specifically to left-handed clients and made to be worn on the right wrist. This is to honour the legend of King Midas, whose left hand possessed the golden touch.

Important Watches

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