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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 265

    Rolex. An extremely rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUBMARINER, REF. 6200, CASE NO. 32'048, MANUFACTURED IN 1954

    Price Realised  

    Rolex. An extremely rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Submariner, ref. 6200, case no. 32'048, manufactured in 1954
    Cal. A.296 10 1/2''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, the black dial with luminous baton and Arabic numerals, luminous mercedes hands and sweep centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, screw back and large screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet with clasp stamped 1.60, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.


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    Reference 6200 is one of the rarest and most desirable Rolex Submariner models ever made. Its large case featuring the rounded case back and generously proportioned "Brevet" crown lend it a very masculine and sporty look. The present example features an original and unrestored "Explorer-type" dial, defined by its bold 3, 6, 9 numerals. Furthermore this example here confirms scholarship stating that the original version of reference 6200 did neither feature the Submariner designation nor the depth rating.

    An extremely appreciated fact is that the original hands are still preserved, easily identifiable by their extended length.

    Few sports watches have such iconic status amongst collectors like a beautifully aged reference 6200. This example is one of the best specimens ever offered at auction.

    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.