View 1 of Lot 2143. ROLEX | PADELLONE, REFERENCE 8171, A STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, CIRCA 1963 | 勞力士 | "Padellone 型號8171 精鋼全日曆腕錶,備月相顯示,機芯編號56692,錶殼編號686356及3821,約1963年製".
View 1 of Lot 2143. ROLEX | PADELLONE, REFERENCE 8171, A STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, CIRCA 1963 | 勞力士 | "Padellone 型號8171 精鋼全日曆腕錶,備月相顯示,機芯編號56692,錶殼編號686356及3821,約1963年製".
2143

ROLEX | PADELLONE, REFERENCE 8171, A STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, CIRCA 1963 | 勞力士 | "Padellone 型號8171 精鋼全日曆腕錶,備月相顯示,機芯編號56692,錶殼編號686356及3821,約1963年製"

Estimate:

1,200,000 - 1,800,000 HKD

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR

ROLEX | PADELLONE, REFERENCE 8171, A STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, CIRCA 1963 | 勞力士 | "Padellone 型號8171 精鋼全日曆腕錶,備月相顯示,機芯編號56692,錶殼編號686356及3821,約1963年製"

ROLEX | PADELLONE, REFERENCE 8171, A STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, CIRCA 1963 | 勞力士 | "Padellone 型號8171 精鋼全日曆腕錶,備月相顯示,機芯編號56692,錶殼編號686356及3821,約1963年製"

Estimate:

1,200,000 - 1,800,000 HKD

Lot sold:

2,142,000

HKD

PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR

ROLEX

勞力士


PADELLONE, REFERENCE 8171

A STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, CIRCA 1963

Padellone 型號8171

精鋼全日曆腕錶,備月相顯示,機芯編號56692,錶殼編號686356及3821,約1963年製


Dial: silvered

Calibre: cal. A295 automatic, 18 jewels

Movement number: 56'692

Case: stainless steel, snap on case back

Case number: 686'356 and 3821

Closure: blue unsigned alligator strap and stainless steel buckle

Size: 38 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

The moon phases indication is not a function that is in Rolex’s tradition. In the history of Rolex’s production there have only been a combined total of 3 models granted this complication. Reference 6062, 8171 and the most recently released Cellini at the Baselworld fair in 2017.


The present watch reference 8171, in production in the early 50s was nicknamed the “Padellone” or “big frying pan” by collectors for its uniquely large and thin case. Although the Padellone is available in pink gold, yellow gold and stainless steel, it is very difficult to source one today, especially one of such great condition. The reason being, its early non-waterproof case would permit moisture from the air to naturally tarnish the silvered dial.


The present watch, in very nice original condition, is fitted with yellow gold numeral markers and 'Precision' on the subsidiary seconds dial. Hardly worn over the years, the case remains incredibly crisp with the lightest of polish as the Rolex Coronet and case numbers to the case back are still visible with the naked eye that is a very important aspect to determine the quality of a 8171. Extremely wearable and one of the most sought-after wristwatches today, this triple calendar Rolex will no doubt be a jewel for all collections.