A rare 14k pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and ivory honeycomb dial

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  • Manufacturer: Rolex
    Year: Circa 1945
    Reference No: 8952
    Movement No: 12'324
    Case No: 81
    Material: 14k pink gold
    Calibre: Mechanical, 1210, 17 jewels
    Bracelet/Strap: Black reptile strap
    Clasp/Buckle: Gilt Rolex buckle
    Dimensions: 35.5 mm. diameter
    Signed: Case, dial and movement signed

  • Catalogue Essay

    This 14k pink gold 'Precision' wristwatch features an ivory honey comb dial that also has an inner ring of pink gold 'pearls'. The relatively larger case size makes for a very wearable watch, and the threaded bezel lends the time piece and unusual and rare appearance.

  • Maker Bio

    Rolex

    Swiss • 1905

    Founded in 1905 England by Hans Wilsdorf and Alfred Davis as Wilsdorf & Davis, it soon became known as the Rolex Watch Company in 1915, moving its headquarters to Geneva in 1919. Like no other company, the success of the wristwatch can be attributed to many of Rolex's innovations that made them one of the most respected and well-known of all luxury brands. These innovations include their famous "Oyster" case — the world's first water resistant and dustproof watch case, invented in 1926 — and their "Perpetual" — the first reliable self-winding movement for wristwatches launched in 1933. They would form the foundation for Rolex's Datejust and Day-Date, respectively introduced in 1945 and 1956, but also importantly for their sports watches, such as the Explorer, Submariner and GMT-Master launched in the mid-1950s.

    One of its most famous models is the Cosmograph Daytona. Launched in 1963, these chronographs are without any doubt amongst the most iconic and coveted of all collectible wristwatches. Other key collectible models include their most complicated vintage watches, including references 8171 and 6062 with triple calendar and moon phase, "Jean Claude Killy" triple date chronograph models and the Submariner, including early "big-crown" models and military-issued variants.

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Rolex

Ref. 8952
A rare 14k pink gold wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and ivory honeycomb dial

勞力士,罕有,14K紅金腕錶,配中心秒針、象牙色蜂巢紋錶盤,型號8952,約1945年製

Circa 1945
35.5 mm. diameter
Case, dial and movement signed

Estimate
HK$32,000 - 48,000 
€3,800-5,600
$4,000-6,000

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