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    Rolex Ref. 1879 Early Steel Wristwatch
    Case: two body, curved snap back, 36 mm x 21 mm
    Dial: original black dial signed Rolex, C. Bucherer, painted white indexes and minute track, subsidiary seconds
    Movement: "ultra-prima" rectangular movement, signed "17 jewels, Rolex hairspring, timed six positions"
    Band: modern nylon strap

    Condition Report*: Type: Rolex Ref. 1879 Early Steel Wristwatch, circa 1930's
    Dial: black, painted white markers
    Hands: baton hands
    Metal: unmarked stainless steel
    Case #: 012222
    Case Info: two body, curved snap back
    Case Length: 36 mm
    Case Width: 21 mm
    Crystal: glass
    Watch Movement: "ultra-prima" rectangular movement, signed "17 jewels, Rolex hairspring, timed six positions"
    Band: nylon
    Condition: movement good and running, cleaning recommended, dial okay with wear commensurate to age, case good, the main body of the sub seconds hand is loose on the second hand tube
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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    May, 2018
    1st Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 16
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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