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    Sale 1353

    Important Pocketwatches and Wristwatches

    12 May 2008, Geneva

  • Lot 267

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

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, SUBMARINER, REF. 6205, CASE NO. 21'407, MANUFACTURED IN 1954

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    Rolex. An extremely rare stainless steel self-winding water-resistant wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Submariner, ref. 6205, case no. 21'407, manufactured in 1954
    Cal. A.260 9 3/4''' nickel-finished lever movement, 18 jewels, the black dial with luminous baton and dot numerals, later luminous mercedes hands, luminous sweep centre seconds, in tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case with revolving black bezel calibrated to 60 units, screw back and large screw down crown, stainless steel Rolex USA flexible link bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    37 mm. diam.


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    Reference 6205 is one of the rarest and most sought after Submariner models ever produced. It was only available in 1954 and 1955 and was made in very few examples only.

    The model featured many new enhancements compared to its predecessor reference 6204, such as

    - increased depth resistance of 100 meters
    - larger crown (6 mm.) for better handling

    The rarity of the present watch is further enhanced by its original lacquered dial and the gilt writing. Interestingly the only part of the dial which is printed is the Submariner model name, showing at what stage Rolex chose to name this model on a permanent basis. This reference 6205 is an extremely rare appearance at international auctions.

    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.