Lot 128
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ROLEX | REF 8171 'PADELLONE'A YELLOW GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES CIRCA 1951

Estimate
60,000 - 90,000 USD
Sold
118,750 USD
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Description

  • REF 8171 'PADELLONE'A YELLOW GOLD TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES CIRCA 1951
Dial: two toned silvered Caliber:  cal. 10 1/2'' automatic movement, 18 jewelsMovement number: 20588, G5029 Case: 18k yellow goldSize: diameter 38 mm Signed: case, dial and movement

Catalogue Note

The present example of the reference 8171 retains an honest, unpolished case, with crisp, clearly legible hallmarks.   Rolex created a name for itself by creating excellent sports watches.  As such, triple calendars with moon phases have rarely made an appearance in the firm's history.  In fact, Rolex made only two watches with moon phases: the Reference 8171 with the snap-on case back, and the Reference 6062, an Oyster model with a screw-down case back. The firm produced the 8171 for only three years, during 1949-1952.

Often referred to as the "Padellone" (the Italian word for frying pan), the reference 8171 is one of the most coveted vintage Rolex watches on the market.  At 38 mm, its dial was substantially larger than other models at the time.  

The present lot is an exciting opportunity for a very particular collector who values exceptional craftsmanship above all.

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