For non-Italians, the nickname ‘Padellone’ is very beautiful, but its original meaning is ‘pan’, you must not think of it as the most beautiful watch in Rolex history )-Ref. 8171. This model was born in the early 1950s and has a diameter of 38 mm, which was considered a ‘big’ watch at the time. The diameter of Ref.8171 is 2mm larger than the diameter of Rolex Ref.6062 full calendar watch, and its case design is not streamlined.
Rolex’s clever layout creates a balanced and elegant watch. The case is robust, the lugs are round, the bezel is flat and modest, the width is moderate, and the dial is beautiful. Using the pointer date display, the scale circle is set on the outer edge, so that the day and month display window and moon phase disk do not look so close to the center of the dial. Equipped with Calibre 101/2 self-winding movement, the small second hand is integrated in the moon phase display above the 6 o’clock position.
The ‘Padellone’ watch has a relatively short production period and includes gold, rose gold and stainless steel. In addition to the short production period, the overall production of Rolex full-calendar watches is relatively small, which also makes this watch very collectable. The case design of Ref.6062 may be more advantageous and more in line with public perception of Rolex, but the size of Ref.8171 is also very unique. Ref.8171 is larger, which not only increases its rarity, but also improves its wearability in modern society. Of course, considering the value factor, Rolex Ref.8171 ‘Padellone’ watch will not be used for daily wear. (Photo / text watch home compiled by Xu Chaoyang)