London, South Kensington
27 June 2001
A RARE AUTOMATIC CENTRE SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH EARLY "EXPLORER" DIAL, POSSIBLY THE EARLIEST KNOWN EXAMPLE OF THE EXPLORER MODEL.
Model: Oyster Perpetual Precision "Explorer", Ref:6150, Case No.930918, January 1953.
black dial signed Rolex Oyster Perpetual Precision, luminous baton markers and Arabic quarters, luminous Mercedes hands, sweep centre seconds, self-winding movement, case with screw down winding crown and screw back with date code for January 1953, the back inscribed A and B, January 1953, dial, movement and case signed, 35mm.
This watch represents an important "missing link" in the history of the Rolex Explorer. The watch is one of a group of watches which were made prior to 1953 and do not have the word "Explorer" on the dial, it is of the same type worn on the John Hunt expedition which conquered Everest in 1953. It is interesting to note that until this watch came to light the watch worn on the Hunt expedition was thought to be a Ref:6350, it can now be safely assumed that this watch was in fact a Ref:6150. The name "Explorer" was registered on January 26th, 1953 and to date this watch is the earliest known dated example.
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