• Lot 51

    Rolex. An extremely rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with black honeycomb dial and bracelet

    SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, MILGAUSS, REF. 6541, CASE NO. 412'272, MANUFACTURED IN 1958

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    Rolex. An extremely rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with black honeycomb dial and bracelet
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Milgauss, Ref. 6541, case no. 412'272, manufactured in 1958
    Cal. 1055 nickel-finished lever movement, 25 jewels, anti-magnetic cap, black honeycomb dial, applied silvered dot and dagger numerals, Arabic numerals to 3, 6 and 9, silvered dauphine hands, flash sweep centre seconds hand, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back stamped IV.1958, screw down crown, revolving black bezel calibrated for 60 units, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, case, dial and movement signed
    38 mm. wide


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    Consigned by the family of the original owner, the present watch stands out by its excellent, original overall condition.

    The Milgauss reference 6541 with revolving black bezel was introduced into the market in the 1950s. It was designed for use in areas of high electro-magnetic radiation, such as research labs or power stations. The influence of radiation on the balance work results in losing accuracy. These effects can be reduced by using the principles of a "Faraday Cage", e.g. by placing the movement in an iron inner case shielding the movement.

    The Faraday Cage is attributed to the physicist Michael Faraday who, in 1863, built a room coated with metal foil and allowed high-voltage discharges from an electrostatic generator to strike its outside. He then used an electroscope to show that there was no excess electric charge on the inside of the room's walls.

    The present watch features in addition the very rare and sought after honeycomb dial, consisting of two cross aluminum layers to protect it even further against magnetic radiation.

    In the mid 1960s, the redesigned reference 1019 with blank bezel was launched. Both reference numbers are illustrated in I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, p. 33.

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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.


    Pre-Lot Text

    THE PROPERTY OF THE FAMILY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER