This endangered species strap is shown for display purposes only and is not for sale. The watch will be supplied with a calf leather strap.
The much-desired Rolex reference 6062 triple calendar moon phase with “Star Dial” is without doubt one of the most instantly recognizable vintage Rolex watches and one of the rarest Rolex models ever made.
This superb and extremely beautiful “Stelline” (for little stars as affectionately called by Italian collectors), first discovered in 2015 from the original owner’s family, is unquestionably one of the best preserved and finest 6062s to appear in public to date. It is believed to be one of less than 10 examples cased in pink gold known to still exist to date fitted with this iconic luminous “Star Dial” (the remaining other examples featuring different dial versions).
It is thought that between 1950 and 1953, Rolex ordered around 180 pink gold ref. 6062 cases, the backs marked at the time 6063. According to research it would however appear that only some 50 examples were eventually used and sold of which today some 20 examples have been rediscovered. The present watch is therefore not only a great rarity amongst all vintage Rolex watches but of even greater importance as an exceptional example of the legendary pink gold “Star Dial” reference 6062, a highlight for the collector of super rare horological trophies.
For an in-depth description and analysis of the reference 6062 and this specific watch see “RLX 6062g / 1952 Study by Eric Tortella, 2019, no. 1/2, sold with this “Pink Stelline”.
Probably made by Beyeler and delivered and mounted by Stern Frères, identified as “Type 453”. One of six known dial variants for ref. 6062 it is distinguished by its "grainé" silvered finish, blue date scale and plain pink gold stars with separate luminous dots next to the stars. The moon phase of blue champlevé enamel on a gold plate was supplied by Stern Frères.
When first discovered in 2015, the present watch had been in the family of the original owner since new. At some time during that long period some curiously large luminous dots had been applied to the dial and two extra lumes were added next to the quarter indexes.
Following an authenticity check of the watch at Rolex in Geneva in 2016 a previous owner chose to have those large and inappropriate lumes professionally removed and original period radium lumes reapplied. These perfectly applied lumes enhance the overall appearance of the exceptionally well-preserved dial with its original « grainé » base, the printing in absolutely unrestored and untouched condition.
The “SWISS” designation below 6 o’clock shows three different fonts for each “S”, a system, a style believed impossible to fake.
The calendar is in French, its printing as well as that of the rest of the dial is still very well preserved.
Interestingly, Rolex used an illustration of an identical watch with "Type 453" dial in their contemporary advertisements for the reference 6062. When comparing the dial on the present watch with the dial in the advert one notices immediately the similarities of this early series version, most notably the designation “Officially Certified Chronometer” just below the day and month windows as opposed to the small gap of later series. It is also fascinating to see that the model was originally fitted with a leather strap in this advertisement and not a metal bracelet.
The two-piece gold “Oyster” cases with the “waterproof” for reference 6062 were made by Genex in Geneva. Originally the case department of Gay Frères, it later became a Rolex company. The casemaker’s mark for Genex, a number 12 inside a key, is punched on the inside of the case back. Interestingly, the pink gold version of reference 6062 was originally designated as reference 6063. This reference number is always struck out with three or four engraved lines and 6062 engraved beneath.
Two kinds of crowns are seen on this reference, the most usual is the Super-Oyster, but some watches have the Twin-Lock crown. Super-Oyster crowns made before the crown was patented, such as that found on the present watch, don’t have the Swiss cross found on post-patent Super-Oyster crowns.
The case proportions of the present watch are extremely well preserved indeed, overall it exhibits very little evidence of polishing with good edges and sharp hallmarks throughout. The pin holes to hold the strap and original date correctors show very modest wear for the age of the watch.
Furthermore, and underlining the watch’s state of preservation, both the reference and serial numbers are still clearly visible between the lugs without a loupe, often not the case with this model.
The movement used for the ref. 6062 was the calibre 655, especially developed for the model. It was available with either 25 or 26 jewels, such as the present watch, depending if the movement base was 17 or 18 jewels (17 was mostly for the US Market were taxes were much higher for 18 jewels) and fitted with the latest patented Rolex Super-Balance. The automatic module is modified to let the calendar pushers through the case band.
The movement of the present watch is especially well preserved and it is evident that the greatest care has been taken during the exceedingly few overhauls performed over the watch’s lifetime.
Following the launch of the “Oyster” case in the mid-1940s, Rolex introduced a variety of different models with a diversity of movements for the celebrated case.
The first-class version however was reference 6062, upgraded with a full calendar and moon phase indication and fitted with an in-house automatic movement. Introduced in 1950 and produced for approximately 10 years, it is one of only two Rolex models to feature a triple calendar, the other being the so-called “Padellone” reference 8171 (see the previous lot in this auction). These two models were Rolex’s only watches ever made in series with moon phases, until the introduction of the Cellini reference 50535 in 2017. The difference between ref. 6062 and 8171 is the case: reference 6062 is fitted with the iconic Rolex “Oyster” case whereas reference 8171 features the snap on back version.
Another pink gold reference 6062 "Stelline" with the early “Type 453” dial, eleven serial numbers away from the present watch and with very close movement number, is illustrated in: 100 Superlative Rolex Watches, John Goldberger, 2008, p. 89.
The reference 6062 “Stelline” is comprehensively examined in: Green Book 1, Study by Eric Tortella on Rolex Complicated Wrist-Watches, 2018, pp. 31-215.
The present ref. 6062 will be prominently displayed in the forthcoming book "Rolex Starry Complication" by Pucci Papaleo. The winning bidder will receive a personally signed copy of the book. The project is still going through the conceptual stage and the exact timing for its publication cannot be confirmed at present.
We are grateful to Eric Tortella for his assistance and study in researching this watch.