Lot 2
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Price Realised: USD 10625.00
Estimate : USD 6,000 - 9,000


CIRCA: 1972
CASE MATERIAL: Stainless steel
BRACELET / STRAP MATERIAL: Stainless steel folded Oyster bracelet
BRACELET SIZE: 8 inches / 203mm
DIAL: Black
MOVEMENT: Automatic
FUNCTIONS: Time and date
ACCESSORIES: Original Rolex top hat crystal

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 and bracelet are in good condition with scratches throughout. The case back has light nicks and scratches. Behind both sets of lugs have marks from the end links. The sides of the case have light nicks along the edge. The 9 o'clock side has a deeper nick at 10 o'clock. The bracelet has a lot of stretch. The bracelet has two solid oyster links and nine folded links. The dial appears to be original and has spotting throughout. The hands are possibly original and have darkened significantly more than the luminescent material on the dial. The bezel insert appears to be original and has faded and lost its pearl. The crystal is a Rolex "Top hat" replacement. This watch has no. 380 end links and a 9315 bracelet. 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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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

Fred's Pick
The reference 1680 was the first Submariner to feature the date function. This watch features the "Submariner" text in red. The inside of the case back is stamped IV.72 indicating it is from the fourth quarter of 1972. This example features its original bezel that has faded over the years and collectors refer to these as "ghost" bezels. These "red" Submariners are becoming more sought after by collectors.

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