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    Sale 1369


    16 November 2009, Geneva

  • Lot 124

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


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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Rolex. A rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
    Signed Rolex, Oyster-Perpetual, Turn-O-Graph, ref. 6202, case no. 950'509, manufactured in 1953
    Cal. A260 nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, black dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw back, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    36 mm. diam.

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    The Turn-O-Graph was presented at the Basel Fair in 1953, the year of production of the present watch. The model was always fitted with a rotating bezel with five minute divisions, referred to as a "time-recording-rim" by Rolex. Designed to be used as a simplified chronograph version for timing events for up to an hour, it was promoted as being able to calculate the "Timing of a transatlantic telephone call, the rate of a machine, a patient's pulse, the speed of a train or the development of a film".

    The Turn-O-Graph was available with a black dial, the 'De Luxe Model' featured a "magnificent white 'honey-comb' dial".

    Despite its 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, but enjoys today great popularity amongst collectors.

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.
    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
    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.