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    Sale 1417

    Rare Watches Including Nautilus 40 Part II

    14 November 2016, Geneva

  • Lot 237

    Rolex. An unusual stainless steel and gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and white honeycomb dial


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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Rolex. An unusual stainless steel and gold automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds and white honeycomb dial
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Turn-O-Graph, Officially Certified Chronometer, Ref. 6202, case no. 953'665, manufactured in 1953
    MOVEMENT: automatic, cal. A260, 18 jewels
    DIAL: white honeycomb, applied dart numerals with luminous accents, luminous alpha hands, sweep centre seconds
    CASE: stainless steel and yellow gold, tonneau-shaped, revolving engine-turned gold bezel calibrated for 60 units, stainless steel screw back stamped IV.53 and 18 to the inside, also stamped 18 on reverse of lower left lug, gilt screw down crown, 35.5 mm. diam.
    SIGNED: case, dial, movement

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    The present watch is a rare example of the celebrated "Turn-O-Graph" reference 6202 model, fitted with the less common white honeycomb dial. Marketed as a "tool" watch, the Turn-O-Graph is commonly accepted as one of the "godfathers" of all Rolex sports watches preceding most notably the Submariner and consequently the Sea Dweller and also the GMT-Master.

    The Turn-O-Graph was presented at the Basel Fair in 1953, the year of production of the present watch. The model was always fitted with a rotating bezel with five minute divisions, referred to as a "time-recording-rim" by Rolex. Designed to be used as a simplified chronograph version for timing events for up to an hour, it was promoted as being able to calculate the "Timing of a transatlantic telephone call, the rate of a machine, a patient's pulse, the speed of a train or the development of a film".

    The Turn-O-Graph was available with a black dial, the 'De Luxe Model', such as the present watch, featured a "magnificent white 'honey-comb' dial".

    Despite its brilliant concept, the model was at the time not as successful as Rolex expected, mainly due to the simultaneous in-house competition from the Submariner and the GMT-Master.

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