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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 266

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds


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    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Submariner, ref. 6204, case no. 988'743, manufactured in 1954
    Cal. A260 9 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, the black dial with luminous dot and baton numerals, later luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and screw down crown, revolving black bezel calibrated to 60 units, contemporary stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    Reference 6204, the first Submariner generation, was presented at the Basle Fair in 1954. It was available with two bezel versions, either without the minute graduation for the first quarter, like the present watch, or with the graduation for the first 15 minutes. The minute graduation became a standard feature on the model's successors.

    The present watch is defined by its original and unrestored dial, for the first time mentioning the Submariner model name. However the depth rating has not yet been applied and only became a standard feature on future references. Originally designed as a tool watch it is by little surprise that such watch has seen an active life resulting in wear marks at the edge of the bezel and the loss of the original set of hands. Its charisma has only benefited and its appeal to collectors is as intact as it can be.

    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.