Lot 748
  • 748

Rolex

Estimate
7,000 - 9,000 USD
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Description

  • Rolex
  • A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC CENTER SECONDS WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET
    REF 6202 MVT 24134 CASE 950290 'THUNDERBIRD' TURN-O-GRAPH CIRCA 1954
  • stainless steel, gilt
  • diameter 35.5 mm, bracelet circumference approximately 178 mm
• jeweled automatic movement • black 'tropical' dial, luminescent triangular, dot, and baton indexes, yellow gold Dauphine hands, center seconds, outer minute divisions, gilt coronet and lettering • 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 Jubilee bracelet and folding clasp

Catalogue Note

The present lot features an original rotating bezel and beautifully aged tropical dial with deep brown hues, vibrant and well preserved golden markers. 

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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