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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. 6150, CASE NO 931’124, CIRCA 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. 6150, Case No 931’124, Circa 1953
Movement: cal. 775, automatic, 17 jewels, signed
Dial: black honeycomb dial, signed
Case: screw back, inside case back stamped 6150 and 2. 53, 35 mm. diam., signed
With: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet stamped F 78360 end links stamped 580, overall length of approx. 180 mm, fitted period box
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Lot Essay

The first two models to bear the legendary "Explorer" name were references 6150 and 6350, both introduced in 1953 after the successful ascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hilary and Tenzing Norgay. Whereas the first was fitted with the "Precision" movement, the latter featured a chronometer version.

Amongst the most coveted iterations of the early Explorer models, the present reference features a very well preserved and attractive black engine-turned, so-called honeycomb, Explorer dial with gilt printing. Featuring the Explorer signature to its upper-part, it is believed to having been attributed to a ref. 6350 manufactured at the same period. Preserved in stunning original condition, the present dial is a rare sighting at auction to the delight of enthusiasts.

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