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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 100

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with dead beat jump seconds and bracelet


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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with dead beat jump seconds and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster-Perpetual, Tru-Beat, ref. 6556, case no. 138'822, manufactured in 1955
    Cal. 1040 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, silvered matte dial, applied baton numerals, luminous hands, dead beat sweep centre seconds, circular water-resistant-type case with screw-down crown and screw back, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and deployant clasp, case, dial and movement signed
    35 mm. diam.

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    The Tru-Beat ref. 6556 was introduced into the market in 1954, fitted with calibre 1040, a modified and more sophisticated version of the well-known calibre 1030. Aesthetically similar to a normal Oyster Perpetual, the major difference of the model was the dead beat sweep seconds hand: instead of continuously sweeping on the dial, the second hand stops at each seconds mark before jumping to the next one, performing exactly like the hands of an analogue quartz watch.

    Dead beat watches were already made in the early days of watchmaking and have always been considered as the symbol for a very finely engineered watch. At the time of its introduction however, this particularity did not enjoy much success and consequently the production of the Tru-Beat was discontinued after five years.

    For a Tru-Beat in gold see lot 361 in this auction.

    The Tru-Beat model is illustrated in The Best of Time - Rolex Wristwatches by James M. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess, p. 202.

    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.