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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 361

    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with dead beat jump seconds


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    Rolex. A very fine and rare 18K gold automatic wristwatch with dead beat jump seconds
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Tru-Beat, ref. 6556, case no. 112'846, manufactured in 1955
    Cal. 1040 "Tru-Beat" nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, gilt dial, baton numerals, luminous hands, dead beat sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back and screw down crown, gilt Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    34 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.

    The majority of the models cased in stainless steel (see lot 100 in this auction), examples of a genuine "Tru-Beat" in yellow gold and furthermore preserved in such excellent overall original condition as the present watch are exceedingly rare.

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

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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.