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SUBMARINER, REF 6536/1 STAINLESS STEEL WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 1957
Dial: black
Calibre:
cal. 1030 automatic, 25 jewels
Movement number: D'681'042
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 229'640
Closure: stainless steel Rolex Oyster bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 37mm, bracelet circumference approx. 175mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: none
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Catalogue Note

Like the Reference 6538 the Submariner Reference 6536 takes its place among some of the most important and desirable Rolex models ever produced. So similar are the 6536 and 6538 that it has retained the ‘James Bond’ nickname although it never strictly appeared in a film. Pre-dating the introduction of crown guards, the 6536 is characterised by its thinner profile and small crown, and is recognised as a transitional reference between the earliest examples and the ‘Big Crown’ references.

From the construction of the watches in this period it is clear to see that the design was evolving reference by reference, and as such the aesthetic is particularly Bauhaus. It is this perhaps that makes these modes so highly sought after by collectors.

Consigned by an astute private collector, the present example is lovely and original. The insert is correct for the period, the dial is original and the 6 o’clock numeral glows greater than the other lumes, which is also correct as this allows one to quickly get perspective when looking at the time at night. The lumes themselves have aged consistently throughout and now have a nice warm orange tone. The case is also very crisp with nice beveled edges.

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