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    Rolex "Padellone" Ref. 8171 Extremely Fine and Rare Steel Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases, circa 1950
    Case: No. 686232, acier inoxydable, 38 mm, three body, sloped bezel, concave and curved lugs, calendar corrector pushers on the band, inside back lid numbered 214/8171
    Dial: matte silver, applied rose gold dart and pyramidal indexes, gold numeral at twelve above a rose gold coronet, gold feuille hands, steel and blue tip central date pointer, outer black minute marks, outermost blue Arabic date numerals, upper apertures for the days of the week and months, lower blue and gold moon phase disc within the subsidiary seconds track
    Movement: caliber 10 1/2''', nickel finish, 18 jewels, automatic, chronometer, super balance, straight line lever escapement
    Band: brown crocodile with a steel Rolex buckle
    Signed: triple signed Rolex

    Note: the ultra rare reference 8171 is considered to be the key watch in any serious Rolex collection. The Italian collectors gave this model the nick name "Padellone" (big pan) due to the largeness of the case and the pan shape of the back. The interior case number of 214 indicates that this reference 8171 was the 214th produced in the series. The model was made in a limited series of approximately 1000 examples between 1949 and 1952, mostly in yellow gold. Examples in pink gold or in stainless steel are very rare.


    Condition Report*: Type: Rolex Ref. 8171 Rare Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Moon Phases
    Model: 8171
    Dial: silver, rose gold indexes, blue date numbers
    Hands; gold feuille, steel and blue tip date pointer
    Metal: acier inoxydable
    Case No: 686232
    Case Info: three body, snap back, concave lugs
    Case Width: 38 mm
    Crystal: acrylic
    Watch Movement: caliber 10 1/2''', nickel finish, 18 jewels, automatic, chronometer, super balance, straight line lever escapement, Breguet spring
    Band: brown crocodile with steel Rolex buckle
    Circa: 1950
    Condition: case is very good, tiny nick on the edge of the lower right lug, dial is very good, movement very good, running, one retaining hole missing screw
    Notes: an inner and outer Rolex box is also included
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