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    Sale 2392

    Important Watches

    29 November 2007, Hong Kong

  • Lot 2862

    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CENTRE SECONDS AND HONEYCOMB DIAL

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, "TURN-O-GRAPH", MOVEMENT NO. 15580, CASE NO. 950102, REF. 6202, CIRCA 1953

    Price Realised  

    ROLEX. A FINE AND RARE STAINLESS STEEL AND GOLD AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET, CENTRE SECONDS AND HONEYCOMB DIAL
    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, "TURN-O-GRAPH", MOVEMENT NO. 15580, CASE NO. 950102, REF. 6202, CIRCA 1953

    Cal. 620 nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, superbalance, index regulator, the off-white honeycomb textured dial with applied gold faceted baton numerals, gold dauphine hands, centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with gold milled bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw down crown and screw back, together with a stainless steel and gold Rolex USA bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    35 mm. diam.


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    US$9,000-13,000
    EUR6,500-9,200

    The present watch is an extremely rare example of a reference 6202, fitted with a highly unusual white honeycomb dial. Marketed as a "tool" watch, the Turn-O-Graph is commonly accepted as one of the "godfathers" of all Rolex sports-watches to follow, most notably the Submariner and subsequently the Sea-Dweller, and of course the much celebrated GMT-Master.

    The Turn-O-Graph was presented at the 1953 Basel Watch Fair, available in stainless steel, gold and stainless steel/gold. The watch is equipped with a rotating bezel with five minute divisions, referred to as a "time-recording-rim" by Rolex. Designed to be used as a simplified chronograph version for timing events with duration of less than an hour, it was promoted as being able to calculate the "timing of a transatlantic telephone call, the rate of a machine, a patient's pulse, the speed of a train or the development of a film".

    Despite the Turn-O-Graph's brilliant concept, the model was at the time not as successful as anticipated by Rolex, mainly due to the simultaneous in-house competition from the Submariner and GMT-Master. Very few examples were produced and even fewer have survived, the present watch represents a rare opportunity for the avid collector.

    Special Notice

    Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.