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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 15

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds


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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual Precision, Explorer, Self-Winding, ref. 6298, case no. 912'917, manufactured in 1952
    Cal. A296 nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, white dial, applied luminous dagger numerals, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, case, dial and movement signed
    34 mm. diam.

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    Reference 6298, an updated version of the Explorer prototype reference 6098, was launched in the early 1950s, its case comparable to the large size bubble back wristwatches. Early examples, such as the present lot, featured a white dial and gilt numerals and hands, later models were fitted with the typical Explorer-type black dial with Arabic quarters.
    Being the largest, hence most practical and readable of all models in production at the time, it is well understandable that Rolex chose references 6098 and 6298 for further development of a robust watch. It is therefore by no surprise that watches from both references 6098 and 6298 were used during several Everest expeditions, most notably members of the successful expedition in 1953 lead by Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir John Hunt and Sherpa Tenzing.

    The present watch furthermore stands out by its beautifully aged, original dial.

    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.

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