• Lot 29

    Rolex. A very fine and rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, bracelet and black lacquer "underline" dial


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    Rolex. A very fine and rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, bracelet and black lacquer "underline" dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Submariner, ref. 6205, case no. 21'534, manufactured in 1954
    Cal. A260 9 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, black lacquer dial, luminous baton and dot numerals, luminous mercedes hands, luminous sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw back, screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.

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    The present reference 6205 stands out by its highly unusual dial, featuring a small white line underneath the designation "Submariner".

    Early versions, such as this watch, were fitted with the sophisticated and today very popular black gloss dial. These black dials must be regarded as the ultimate state of the art in dial manufacturing as revealing a rich complexity of different layers applied to the metal base. In fact, the gilt writing and minute markings are not printed on the black lacquered background but underneath and shine through in negative relief. However to further enhance its sophistication, the white underline is superimposed and printed onto the black background.
    The present watch, preserved in excellent, original overall condition and fitted with the highly rare and attractive black lacquer "underline" dial with gilt writing, is one of the most beautiful and charismatic references 6205 a collector could ask for.

    Reference 6205
    One of the rarest and most sought after Submariner models ever produced, reference 6205 was exclusively available in 1954 and 1955 and only very few examples were made.

    Reference 6205 was presumably Rolex's third diver's watch, featuring many new enhancements compared to its predecessor reference 6204, most notably the increased depth resistance of 100 meters and the larger crown (6 mm.) for better handling, dial with gilt printing but without the depth rating and only some models featured the designation "Submariner". The bezels were without minute divisions and a silver triangle.

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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.

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