• Important Watches auction at Christies

    Sale 2610

    Important Watches

    14 December 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 174

    Rolex. An Extremely Fine and Rare 18k Gold Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Star Dial and Moon Phases


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    Rolex. An Extremely Fine and Rare 18k Gold Automatic Triple Calendar Wristwatch with Star Dial and Moon Phases
    Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Ref. 6062, Case No. 911'104, Manufactured in 1952
    Mechanical jewelled movement, silvered matte dial, applied star and dagger numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer date ring with blue Arabic numerals, central arrow date hand, day and month apertures in English below 12 o'clock, subsidiary dial for constant seconds combined with phases of the moon, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw down crown, screw back, 18k gold Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
    35mm diam.

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    With the introduction of the definitive oyster case shape in the second half of 1940's, Rolex started to introduce a number of variants with an impressive variety of mechanisms for this case. Not only was this case used for the perpetual model featuring the date aperture, which was later named the Date-Just, also in the 1950's another aperture was added featuring the weekday at 12 o'clock, which became the famous Day-Date. Furthermore, Rolex also offered this case fitted with different chronograph movements boasting either a constant seconds register or three subsidiary dials including an hour register. The most complicated chronograph version in the oyster case is the famous "dato-compax" which was later nicknamed "Killy" by collectors, which has on top of the chronograph mechanism a full calendar. The top of the line model however, was the reference 6062, featuring the in-house self-winding movement, upgraded with a full calendar and moon phase indication. This flagship model, in some period advertisements, was also called the "Cosmograph" {the latin sic!}, which was only in production for a few years in the first half of the 1950's. Without a doubt, this reference is widely accepted to be the most important oyster model ever produced by Rolex. Reference 6062 was made in stainless steel, yellow gold, and pink gold, and out of this small production, only a very small number of examples have survived in overall original condition.

    The present reference 6062 is certainly one of the most attractive yellow gold examples to come to the market in recent years, as it not only features the most exclusive of all dial versions, with star-shaped hour markers, but also having survived in such wonderful and original condition. The case was spared from insensitive polishing, and most notably the dial has never been restored or reprinted. The numbers between the lugs have survived in remarkably crisp and original condition, and consequently this "stelline", how collectors also refer to reference 6062 with the prestigious star dial, represents a very rare opportunity for scholars and collectors alike.

    Examples of the reference 6062 are illustrated in 100 Superlative Rolex Watches by J. Goldberger, pp. 138-152.

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    The Gordon Bethune Collection of Fifty Exceptional Vintage Wristwatches

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