Rolex. A very attractive and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Tropical" dial
Prospective buyers should be aware that the import… Read more
Rolex. A very attractive and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Tropical" dial


Rolex. A very attractive and extremely rare stainless steel chronograph wristwatch with "Tropical" dial
Signed Rolex, Oyster Chronograph, Antimagnetic, ref. 6034, case no. 907'471, circa 1953
Cal. 72B mechanical movement, 17 jewels, black gloss dial, applied dagger numerals with luminous accents, luminous hands, outer telemetre and tachymetre scales, three engine-turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hours registers, tonneau-shaped water-resistant-type case, screw back, screw down crown, two round chronograph buttons in the band, stainless steel Rolex buckle, case, dial and movement signed
36 mm. diam.
5 June 2003, Christie's, New York, Important Pocket Watches & Wristwatches Featuring Property from the Collection of Eric Clapton, lot 164.
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Prospective buyers should be aware that the importation of Rolex watches into the United States is highly restricted. Rolex watches may not be shipped into the USA and can only be imported personally. Generally a buyer may import only one watch into the USA. For further information please contact our specialists in charge of the sale. Please note other countries may have comparable import restrictions for luxury watches.

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Lot Essay

The present reference 6034 is a particularly attractive example of this legendary chronograph model, distinguished by the highly appealing warm chocolate-brown "tropical" dial.

Amongst the most coveted trophies within the Rolex Oyster chronograph family of references 6034 and 6234 must be considered examples featuring a black lacquer dial.

Such lacquered black dials must be regarded as the ultimate state-of-the-art in dial manufacturing as revealing a rich complexity of different layers applied to the metal base. In fact, outer scientific scales are not printed on the black lacquered background but underneath and shine through in negative relief. However to further enhance its sophistication "Rolex Oyster Chronograph Antimagnetic" is printed in an off-white tone onto the black background.

Furthermore, the present watch is fitted with a highly charismatically aged brown lacquer dial with gold printing. Amongst collectors, this type of dial is now called "tropical". This designation is derived from the colour of the lacquer which over the years has changed from black to a warm chocolate brown.

The present reference 6034 is a superbly appealing chronograph, one of the best-looking watches from the Golden Age of Rolex chronographs for daily wear.

For different versions of stainless steel references 6034 and 6234 with black lacquer dial see I Cronografi Rolex - La Leggenda, Pucci Papaleo Editore, pp. 240 & 241 and 256 & 257.

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