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    Sale 1348

    Important Pocket Watches and Wristwatches

    12 November 2007, Geneva

  • Lot 186

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


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    Rolex. A rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Submariner, James Bond model, ref. 6204, movement no. 37689 and F5495, case no. 988'874, manufactured in 1954
    Cal. A260 9 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 19 jewels, the black dial with luminous dot and baton numerals, luminous hands, sweep centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with screw back and screw down crown, revolving black bezel calibrated to 60 units, contemporary stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    Reference 6204, the first Submariner generation, was presented at the Basle Fair in 1954.

    This model already features many of the now celebrated Submariner characteristics such as the black dial with its typical luminous numerals, the revolving black bezel calibrated to 60 minutes and its legendary shape. It is however lacking several design elements of later Submariner generations, most obviously the straight hour hand whereas the later models were fitted with the so-called mercedes hands and without the depth indication on the dial, again a feature which can still be found on the models of the actual production. Reference 6204 was available with two bezel versions, either without the minute graduation for the first quarter or with the graduation for the first 15 minutes, such as the present lot. The minute graduation became a standard feature on the model's successors.

    Reference 6204 is illustrated and described in Vintage Rolex Sports Models by Martin Skeet & Nick Urul, pp. 27 & 28 and in Rolex Submariner by Guido Mondani - Lele Ravagnani, pp. 22 & 23 and pp. 70 - 73.

    In the movies Dr. No and Goldfinger, Sean Connery alias James Bond is wearing a Rolex Submariner. Since then, the early Submariner models without crown guard such as the present reference 6204 as well as references 5508 (lot 105 in this auction), 6200 (lot 107 in this auction) and others are also known as the "James Bond" models.

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    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.