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    Sale 1357

    Important Watches

    17 November 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 391

    Rolex. An attractive and rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, brown exclamation dial, bracelet and box

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, 100M=330FT, SUBMARINER, REF. 5508, CASE NO. 764'534, MANUFACTURED IN 1961

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    Rolex. An attractive and rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, brown exclamation dial, bracelet and box
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, 100m=330ft, Submariner, ref. 5508, case no. 764'534, manufactured in 1961
    Cal. 1530 nickel-finished lever movement, 26 jewels, black dial, luminous dot, baton and dagger numerals, luminous mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back and screw down crown, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. diam.


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    With Rolex fitted green presentation box.

    Launched in 1958, reference 5508 was an upgraded version of reference 6536/1, depth rated to 100 meters (330 ft), the case without crown guards and the newly designed bezel with divisions for the first fifteen minutes, larger silver triangle and luminous bubble. The dial featured the gilt printed "Submariner" and both with or without the white printed depth rating.

    The present reference 5508 is a fine example from the series launched in the late 1950s, the signature and scales printed in gilt but with the addition of the white printed depth rating "100m=330ft".

    The most noteworthy feature however is its so-called "exclamation" dial, characterized by an additional luminous dot positioned underneath the 6 o'clock hour marker. These dials were in production for an extremely short period only.

    Preserved in such beautiful, original condition and with the addition of the highly attractive chocolate brown colour of the dial, the present watch can be considered a rare find for the avid collector.

    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.