Lot No. 352 (95th Auction)
Rolex "Perpetual Precision", Movement No. 20577 G99619, Case No. 686192, Ref. 8171, Cal. Hunter 20577, 38 mm, circa 1951

An extremely rare automatic Rolex "Padellone" with full calendar and moon phase
Case: steel, push back ref 8171 and engraving 082 and crown, Rolex buckle. Dial: silvered, raised indexes/Arabic 12, auxiliary seconds, window for weekday and months in Italian, outer blue date indicator, moon phase, leaf hands. Movm.: rotorwind movement, rhodium-plated, ground, Glucydur screw balance, shock protection for balance.

Reference 8171 is known as Padellone among the collectors and its attractive proportions make it one of the most legendary and sought-after vintage models of Rolex. Rolex watches with full calendar and moon phase are extremely rare - in fact, Rolex has only ever produced two models which display the day of the week, the month, the date and the moon phases: reference 6062 in a36 mm Oyster case, and reference 8171 with a remarkable 38 mm diameter. It is interesting to note that both models were only produced during a very short period in the early 1950s, in yellow gold, rose gold and stainless steel.
The distinguishing features of the silvered dial are the silver-coloured and bevelled hour indexes and the Arabic numeral 12; they are surrounded by the date ring with blue numerals 1 to 31. The date hand has an arrow-shaped blued tip, while hour and minute hand are both leaf hands.
Only a few references 8171 have come on the market in the last few decades - whereas the number of avid collectors has multiplied enormously.
Estimate  55,000 - 70,000 €
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