Rolex. A fine and extremely rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, honeycomb dial and bracelet
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Rolex. A fine and extremely rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, honeycomb dial and bracelet

SIGNED ROLEX, OYSTER PERPETUAL, EXPLORER, REF. 6350, CASE NO. 955’636, MANUFACTURED IN 1953

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Rolex. A fine and extremely rare stainless steel automatic wristwatch with sweep centre seconds, honeycomb dial and bracelet
Signed Rolex, Oyster Perpetual, Explorer, ref. 6350, case no. 955’636, manufactured in 1953
Cal. A296 automatic movement, 18 jewels, black honeycomb dial, luminous baton, Arabic and dagger numerals, luminous hands, luminous sweep centre seconds, outer minute divisions, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back stamped “6350, IV.53, 18” to the inside, stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet, deployant clasp stamped “4.53”, case, dial and movement signed
36 mm. diam.
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Lot Essay

The present example has a number of traits which classify it as one of the most appealing ref. 6350 to ever appear on the market. The most notable characteristic is its honeycomb dial. A very rare and sought-after detail, the engine-turned background intensely modifies the overall looks of the piece, adding flair and movement to the watch. Moreover, the present dial is preserved in stunning, absolutely original condition.

Indeed, another very appealing feature of this piece is its incredible condition: not only the dial is virtually flawless, but the case as well is in excellent condition, most surprisingly if one considers the elected destination of a watch marketed to Explorers and worn during the ascent of Mount Everest. Absolutely original in all of its parts – including the “brevet” crown and the bracelet – and with the numbers and “brevet” designation between the lugs very well preserved, it sports full lugs and pinholes well distanced from the sides of the lugs, a telltale sign of very little polishing over its nearly 60 years of life.

Finally, it has to be noted that this is among the very first examples of this model: reference 6350 was launched in 1953, and indeed the case of this watch is stamped 4.53, as is the deployant clasp of the bracelet.
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