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• cal. 1030 automatic nickel lever movement, 25 jewels • glossy black dial, gilt printing, sweep center seconds • rotating bezel calibrated for 60 units, large screw-down crown, engraving to the screw-down case back • dial and movement signed Rolex, case signed Rolex and Tudor • with a stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet
The present lot is an extremely unusual example of the collaboration between the Rolex and Tudor branches of Rolex S.A. It features the iconic 8 millimeter large Brevete crown lacking shoulders of Rolex's famous 'Big Crown James Bond' Submariner, Ref. 6538. The cal. 1030 movement, glossy black dial and outside of the case back are further signed Rolex.
The inside of the case back, interestingly, is signed by Tudor and the reference number between the lugs, 7924, corresponds to Tudor's Big Crown model. Introduced in 1958, this model features the larger case and crown shared by Ref. 6538 and 7924. Rolex would ultimately fit their Submariner model with a smaller crown with a diameter of five or six millimeters.
The Tudor brand, first introduced by Rolex during the mid 1940s, was designed with the goal of offering high quality watches at less expensive prices than the Rolex counterparts. Rolex supplied Oyster cases and crowns that Tudor used in the manufacturing of their own models. The quality of the Tudor watches are viewed as on par by many contemporary collectors and are becoming extremely sought after due to their rarity.
For more information on this model and on the Submariner family of watches, see Skeet, M. & Urul, N. Vintage Rolex Sports Models, pp. 20-25. For further reading on watches worn by James Bond, see Watch Time, February 2009.
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