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Old 12 October 2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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Rolex film trivia...what is this Rolex?

I enjoy trying to identify watches worn by film characters, particularly if the camera does a close-up on a watch and holds for a second or two. Last night I watched a film I´d recorded: “L.A. Confidential”, from 1997. It takes place in 1953, and there is a scene where a young police lieutenant, sitting alone in his precinct, puts on his glasses and looks at the electric wall clock. He then looks at his watch, a Rolex, and sees that the wall clock is running 4 minutes slow to his Rolex. He gets up and goes to the wall clock, and starts to adjust it when a telephone rings, informing him of a crime scene. I find the scene amusing…perhaps the director (Curtis Hanson) was a Rolex wearer and fan, and was making the point that a Rolex would run more accurately than some cheap wall clock!?

Is the watch a real Rolex from the period or a film prop? I can´t identify it by googling. I´m no expert on vintage Rolexes, but perhaps one of you guys out there can identify it? Here it is:
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Old 12 October 2019, 10:56 PM   #2
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Its a subsecond movement in a fancy lug case, probably 1950s based on the style of the dial and hands. Maybe a model 4498 possibly?
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Old 12 October 2019, 11:47 PM   #3
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Looks good but I can't identify it.
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Old 13 October 2019, 02:24 AM   #4
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Whatever it is I like it.

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Old 13 October 2019, 02:36 AM   #5
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Its nice and i like it. Not sure about model tho
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Old 13 October 2019, 11:10 PM   #6
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Its a subsecond movement in a fancy lug case, probably 1950s based on the style of the dial and hands. Maybe a model 4498 possibly?
Thanks for the info, I think you nailed it I googled "Rolex 4498" and found lots of pictures of Rolexes looking very similar, one or two exactly like in the film. So Hollywood got it right!
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