The present watch is a highly attractive example of the rare reference 6538 model, distinguished by its lacquer dial which over time has taken a charismatic dark brown tone.
The case, evidently never exposed to careless polishing, impresses any beholder with its full body and sharp angles to the facets of the lugs. Another particularly rare feature underlining the excellent case condition is the presence of the engraved inscription Rolex Oyster to the edge of the screw back.
The homogenically bleached bezel now displays a rich brownish tone, matching perfectly with the dial and enhancing the appealing look of this rare timepiece.
Reference 6538, the upgraded version of reference 6200, was introduced to the market in 1955. It was depth rated to 200 meters (660 ft), featured an 8 mm. crown with no crown guards. The dial with gilt printing, with or without depth rating but with the gilt printed designation "Submariner" and "Mercedes" hands, the bezel with red triangle and divisions for the first 15 minutes. Between 1956 and 1958, a special issue of the model was made for the British Royal Navy and the Royal Canadian Navy.
Reference 6538 has come to international fame when prominently worn by 007 Agent James Bond during his stint in "Dr. No". Its first and best remembered appearance was when Bond enters a bar and while lighting a cigarette checks the precise time on his reliable tool watch. As a professional agent would expect, the explosive device previously planted by him blows up on the dot as indicated by his Submariner. Consequently, Bond and his reference 6538 are the only two "guests" to maintain their composure...
It is therefore no surprise that amongst thoroughbred Rolex aficionados, reference 6538 enjoys the most authentic status as the "James Bond" model, defined by its masculine case proportions and the large 8 mm. crown without crown guards, lending it an unmistakable look.