251
251

FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER

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'BIG CROWN' SUBMARINER REF 6538 A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 1956
Estimate
90,000160,000
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251

FROM THE DESCENDANTS OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER

Rolex
'BIG CROWN' SUBMARINER REF 6538 A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 1956
Estimate
90,000160,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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'BIG CROWN' SUBMARINER REF 6538 A STAINLESS STEEL AUTOMATIC WRISTWATCH WITH BRACELET CIRCA 1956
Dial: black, gilt lettering
Caliber: cal. 1030 automatic, 25 jewels
Movement number: D713046
Case: stainless steel, screw down case back and crown
Case number: 263360
Closure: stainless steel Rolex rivet bracelet with folding clasp
Dimensions: 37 mm diameter, bracelet circumference approximately 180 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: Rolex presentation box and sales tag 
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Catalogue Note

The reference 6538 was introduced in 1955, replacing the 6204 (launched the year prior alongside the 6205 and 6200). With a different movement, the caliber 1030, the case was slightly thinner and featured prominent bevels to the lugs. The crown of the 6538 was also enlarged to 8 mm, thus giving the model its nickname 'Big Crown' and differentiating it from the ref. 6536 (lot 252).

The reference has been immortalized in some of the most emblematic James Bond movies, appearing prominently in Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, and Thunderball, where Bond, played by Sean Connery, utilizes his Submariner to accomplish his missions. 

The case back of the present lot is stamped IV.1958, and would be one of the later examples in the production of the reference. It is interesting to note that the present example features a 'fat font' bezel insert with a red 12 o'clock triangle, and without markers for the first 15 minutes.

The present lot features the dial variation with two lines: 200m=660ft  SUBMARINER. The dial was finished originally with a glossy lacquer overlay, which on this example has faded to a muted finish. The gilt track and signature remain crisp and well defined.

This lot is being offered by the descendants of the original owner, and is an exciting opportunity to own one of the most iconic Rolex Submariner models in honest condition.

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