• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 269

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

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, 200M=660FT, SUBMARINER, REF. 6538, CASE NO. 448'914, MANUFACTURED IN 1959

    Price Realised  

    Rolex. A fine and rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, 200m=660ft, Submariner, ref. 6538, case no. 448'914, manufactured in 1959
    Cal. 1030 nickel-finished lever movement, 25 jewels, the black dial with luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and big screw down crown, revolving black bezel calibrated to 60 units, stainless steel Rolex USA flexible bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Reference 6538 has come to international fame when prominently worn by 007 Agent James Bond during his stint in "Dr. No". Its first and best remembered appearance was when Bond enters a bar and while lighting a cigarette checks the precise time on his reliable tool watch. As a professional agent would expect, the explosive device previously planted by him blows up on the dot as indicated by his Submariner. Consequently, Bond and his reference 6538 are the only two "guests" to maintain their composure...

    It is therefore by no surprise that amongst thoroughbred Rolex aficionados reference 6538 enjoys the most authentic status as "James Bond" model. Defined by its masculine case proportions, the large 8 mm. crown without crown guards and the bezel without minute markings on the first quarter lend it an unmistakable look.

    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.