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"
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT COLLECTOR
PADELLONE, REFERENCE 8171
A STAINLESS STEEL TRIPLE CALENDAR WRISTWATCH WITH MOON PHASES, CIRCA 1963
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 movement is in working condition at the time of cataloguing. The triple calendar function is working properly. The dial has aged very nicely with an overall ivory tone with only some very light discoloration to the calendar windows and some very minor discoloration throughout the original surface. There is a very light spot between 5 and 6 o'clock and some very minor spotting between 7 and 8 o'clock. The case is in very good overall condition with some light surface wear which is consistent with the age of the watch. The bezel is in nice condition with light wear. The lugs have good proportions, the crown with some discoloration. The case back in nice attractive condition with the case number and Rolex Coronet still visible and very easy to see. Overall a nice example of a 8171 in steel.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
Prospective bidders should review the Conditions of Business, Authenticity Guarantee, the Guide for Prospective Buyers, and any Important Notice in the sale catalogue.
"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."
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.