Lot 28
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Price Realised: USD 8125.00
Estimate : USD 6,000 - 9,000


CIRCA: 1949
CASE DIAMETER: 29 x 30mm (H x W)
BRACELET / STRAP MATERIAL: Brown calf leather with associated bracelet
DIAL: White
FUNCTIONS: Time only
ACCESSORIES: Rolex presentation box

Lot Notes

From a private collection

The condition of lots can vary widely and the nature of the lots sold means that they are unlikely to be in a perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.

The case is in good condition with scratches. The case appears to be unpolished. The case back has heavier scratches. The crown and case number are visible on the case back. The dial and hands appear to be original. The dial has developed heavy patina and shows wear around the edges. The movement is in working order at the time of cataloging, consistent with the age of the watch. The movement has not been tested for accuracy. A service is recommended given the age of the watch.

The condition of lots sold can vary widely due to factors such as age, previous damage, restoration, repair and wear and tear. The nature of the lots sold means that they will rarely be in perfect condition. Lots are sold in the condition they are in at the time of sale.

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Payment Information

You must pay the full amount due (including any additional charges) no later than March 16, 2017. This applies even if you wish to export the lot and an export license is required. You will not acquire title and own the lot until all amounts due to Christie’s have been received by Christie’s in full, cleared funds.
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Collection Notice
Due to impending weather in the New York area, collection of property will not be available on Tuesday, March 14th from the Christie's Rockefeller Office.

Lot Essay

For collectors of Rolex watches, those featuring star markers on the dial are in a league of their own in terms of rarity, desirability, and value. The present watch is remarkable as it is the first square square Bubbleback known to the market with star markers, which are located at the three o’clock and six o’clock positions. They were perhaps added to the dial to highlight the fact the watch is an Officially Certified Chronometer.

The watch came to market from the original owner, who purchased it at the retailer Lefèvre in Charleroi, Belgium. Amazingly, the watch retains its original box and inside is the original retailer sticker. The watch remains in original condition with the serial number and Rolex coronet visible on the case back. Furthermore, it retains what appears to be its original crystal and the straight lugs and curved edges of the case offer a textbook and clear case of how the watch appeared as new. The dial has honest and even patina reflecting the age of the watch and the fact it does not have a water-resistant Oyster case.

The present watch, the Rolex Stelline Square Bubbleback, is a remarkable opportunity for a discerning collector to get a possibly unique piece from the crowned manufacturer.

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