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    Sale 1992

    Important Watches

    24 April 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 53

    ROLEX. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, "TURN-O-GRAPH", MOVEMENT NO. 59483, REF. 6202, CIRCA 1955

    Price Realised  

    ROLEX. A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH CENTER SECONDS
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, "Turn-o-Graph", Movement No. 59483, Ref. 6202, circa 1955
    With nickel-finished lever movement, black matte dial with luminescent baton numerals and hands, circular water-resistant-type case, the black bezel calibrated for minutes, screw-down crown and screw back, case, dial and movement signed
    36mm diam.


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    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 consequently the Sea Dweller but also the GMT-Master.

    The Turn-O-Graph was presented at the 1953 Basel Fair. Despite the Turn-O-Graph's brilliant concept the model was at the time not as successful as expected by Rolex mainly due to the simultaneous in-house competition from the Submariner and the GMT-Master. Thus only very few examples were produced and even fewer have survived.