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A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET REF 6202 MVT 90287 CASE 953354 TURN-O-GRAPH CIRCA 1953
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 USD
JUMP TO LOT
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Rolex
A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET REF 6202 MVT 90287 CASE 953354 TURN-O-GRAPH CIRCA 1953
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A RARE STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET REF 6202 MVT 90287 CASE 953354 TURN-O-GRAPH CIRCA 1953
• jeweled automatic movement • matte black dial, luminescent triangular, dot, and baton indexes, Mercedes hands, center seconds, outer minute divisions • stainless steel Oyster case, screw down crown and solid case back, black bezel calibrated for 60 units • case, dial, and movement signed • with a stainless steel Rolex rivet bracelet and folding clasp
diameter 35 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 175 mm
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Catalogue Note

Accompanied by a Rolex sales tag and a presentation box.

Ref. 6202 was released and first presented at the Basel Fair in 1953. The Turn-O-Graph was the first series-produced Rolex to feature a rotating bezel. Rolex often promoted this first series tool watch as a convenient and simple way of calculating the "timing of a transatlantic telephone call, the rate of a machine, a patient's pulse or the speed of a train." In the late 1950s, the Turn-O-Graph was popularly marketed as "Thunderbirds" because the U.S. Air Force equipped their Thunderbird aerobatic squadron pilots with Ref. 6202 for navigational calculations.

For more information on this reference, see Martin Skeet & Nick Urul, Vintage Rolex Sports Models, 2001, p. 100–101; for an illustration of a similar model, see p. 104.

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