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    Sale 2627

    Important Watches

    3 December 2008, Hong Kong

  • Lot 3434

    ROLEX, "TRU-BEAT" REF. 6556

    STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL-WINDING BRACELET WATCH WITH DEAD BEAT SECONDS

    CASE 731497, MANUFACTURED IN 1961

    Price Realised  

    ROLEX, "TRU-BEAT" REF. 6556

    STAINLESS STEEL MANUAL-WINDING BRACELET WATCH WITH DEAD BEAT SECONDS
    CASE 731497, MANUFACTURED IN 1961

    Calibre 1040, 25 jewels, matte black dial with luminescent tritium indexes, red centre seconds, three-part case, plastic crystal, screw down case back, three-part case, polished and satined, plastic crystal, screw-down case back, Twinlock crown, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet (ref. 7205), case, dial and movement signed
    Diameter: 35 mm.


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    US$7,500-10,000
    EUR5,700-7,600

    The TRU-BEAT reference 6556 was introduced into the market in 1954, powered by the calibre 1040, a modified version of the well-known calibre 1030. Aesthetically similar to a normal Oyster Perpetual, the major difference lies in the "dead beat" centre seconds, where the seconds hand stops at each seconds mark before jumping to the next, performing exactly like the seconds hand of an analogue quartz watch.

    "Dead beat" watches surfaced in the early days of watchmaking and have always been synonymous with fine engineering. However, this particularity did not enjoy much popularity upon its introduction, and production was discontinued in a mere five years.

    The Tru-Beat model is illustrated in The Best of Time - Rolex Wristwatches by James M. Dowling & Jeffrey P. Hess, p. 202.

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